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The museum also recently exhibited 11 Letters from Dickens for the first time (and which can also be viewed online at www.dickensmuseum.com).
The collection includes assorted guest notes, insights into Dickens’ reading habits, current writing projects, and editing questions. These include a writing to IH Newman of Gad’s Hill Place on February 10, 1866 in which Dickens complains strongly about a proposed change to the Sunday postal service. He even threatens to move out if brought in. Also among the articles is a rather dramatic dinner invitation to his friend John Harley which reads:
Say “no” and I’ll never forgive you. Say “yes” and join us here at six ten minutes next Thursday, and I will always remain, Yours faithfully, CHARLES DICKENS
“One of the best things about this collection of letters is that it shows Dickens writing in his 30s, 40s and 50s and the variety of subjects that occupied his mind,” said Emily Dunbar, curator at the Charles Museum. Dickens. “The letter complaining about the loss of the Sunday postal delivery is an excellent example of Dickens showing his own importance, his awareness of his great fame and his position in society coming to the fore. He also mentions the huge volume of letters going to and from his address, of which this new set is a tiny but entertaining fraction.