ALs to Mark Lemon

Charles Dickens
ALs to Mark Lemon

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Item No: cdc382001
Title: ALs to Mark Lemon
Accession Number: 87-930
Physical Description: [3] pages
Material: paper


Friday Ninth July 1847.

My Dear Lemon.

I have decided thus--To write to Jerrold, and ask him if he would like to play Bumps. If not, to play it myself--though I hate it--and so try to get the piece through, quickly.

Cruikshank I will ask to play old Knibbs!!!

Rehearsal, my dear fellow, I cannot reasonably postpone: having made such an immense point of it with all the people concerned--and the time will be so very short. But can't you come later? I would then try to get on with Turning the Tables, first. I have ousted all sorts of people from Miss Kelly's that night.

I don't understand about your endeavouring to get the ladies to the next Rehearsal. I thought they were to be local--but it is all one, and I know you will do what is unquestionably best. There are now three wanted for Turning the tables. Miss Knibbs, Mrs. Humphries, Patty Larkins.

No, no--Good Night's rest, second, at Manchester, because of the Dressing. We are safe. They an't.

Ever Yours heartily


Or couldn't you change your Punch day, at such a pass, and with such a notice, and make it Friday????????? I assure you my daily inconveniences and correspondence are overhwleming so that if I could draw (like you) I should represent myself thus

[prostrate stick figure]

MssDate: Friday Ninth July 1847
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department

Dickens was left with the part of Jeremiah Bumps, in Turning the Tables. 
Cruiskshank accepted the part of Knibbs.
Lemon had parts he played before, such as Brainstorm in Every Man in his Humour and the Stranger in A Good Night's Rest. 
There were only two parts: Lemon's and Dickens's as Snobbington, both sure to be ready. 

Recipient: Lemon, Mark, 1809-1870
Provenance: Benoliel, Mrs. D. Jacques 12/6/54


 The Letters of Charles Dickens, Volume Five: 1847-1849, ed. Graham Storey and K. J. Fielding. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981,  p. 121.

Country: Creation Place Note:Broadstairs

Creation Year: 1847
Call Number: DL L544m 1847-07-09
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author