Item No: cdc311401
Title: ALs to William Charles Macready
Twenty Third February.
My Dear Macready.
If I am to see anything of you in your coming holidays, I must be a Spartan now.
My labours press so heavily upon me at this time – the end of the Second Volume bringing with it a necessity for speed – that tomorrow morning I shall be on the box of a Brighton coach, and for a week afterwards shut up alone in the Old Ship Hotel, working with the energy of fourteen Dragons.
Drink my health in my absence – wish well to Barnaby, though he does drive me away – and oh do not – do not – curse me.
With that cue for slow music and closing in with a picture, bring down the envelope.
Always My Dear Macready
Best regards at home. We have a clean bill of health here.
W. C. Macready Esquire
Twenty Third February 
Rare Book Department
This letter is not in the Pilgrim Edition, though it was used for context.
Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873
Purchased at Christie's, lot 541, via Maggs 7/28-29/71. Matlack Fund.
Volume 2, p. 218, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey ; associate editors, W.J. Carlton … [et al.].
Creation Place Note:Devonshire Terrace
DL M245w 1841-02-23
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author