The appointment letters of John Durancé George, Dental Surgeon

Writer: Charles Dickens

Dates: 3rd February 1848; 18th February 1848

Address: Devonshire Terrace

Devonshire Terrace
        Thursday Third February 1848
Dear Sir
I am much obliged to you
for your communication, and
hope to have the satisfaction of
joining the meeting at your house
tomorrow evening.
       Dear Sir
             Faithfully Yours
                   Charles Dickens
Durancé George Esquire

Devonshire Terrace
          Friday Night Eighteenth February

My Dear Sir
      I need not say that I am
very much indebted to you for
your kind note, and that your
small patient will attend on
     Faithfully Yours always
             Charles Dickens
Durancé George Esquire


Durancé George was a member of a busy cultural circle. The first letter indicates a soirée to be held at Durancé's Old Burlington Street home.

The second letter, written a fortnight later, confirms that one of Dickens's children needs some dental attention. The letter is pasted into the front cover of a 1st edition of Pickwick Papers, published in 1837, and with illustrations by Richard Seymour and by Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz'), and two by Robert William Buss.

Dickens lived at 1, Devonshire Terrace from 1839 to 1851. Five of Dickens's children were born there. The house, located on the Marylebone Road opposite the York Gate entrance to Regent's Park, was demolished in 1960 and replaced with an office block.

In 1853 Samuel Cartwright (the younger), Durance George's cousin, became Dickens's dentist.

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