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WC writes “Paris is twice as full as it was last year. ” 16 (Tue) Writing from the Hôtel des Tuileries, Paris, WC tells HC “I have just come from the Exhibition of the rising landscape painters in France. The worst Suffolk street landscape is superior to the best pictures of this precious collection, which is worth a visit, as affording an example of a very rare human attainment – the perfection of incapacity – Skies, trees, grass-coloured-composition, drawing – all are equally bad. ” 23–24 (Tue–Wed) Weather again bad.

9 (Wed) Rehearsals continue. 14 (Mon) During the sixth annual Dinner of the General Theatrical Fund held in the London Tavern, at which he is giving the Chairman’s speech, CD learns that his eight-month-old daughter has died. 22 (Tue) Erection of stage at Duke of Devonshire’s House. 23 (Wed) Rehearsal at Devonshire House and regularly thereafter. 29 (Tue) WC declines invitation from Octavian Blewitt to attend the annual dinner of the Literary Fund to be held on 14 May. ” May WC’s “A Pictorial tour of St.

EMW became, with David Roberts, RA and others, the scene painter. Rehearsal at Covent Garden Theatre in the evening. Rehearsal. Death of Dickens’ father delays rehearsal. April Chapter 8 “The Pilchard Fishery” and Chapter 11, the “Botallack Mine,” (published as “A Visit To A Copper-Mine”) from Rambles Beyond Railways in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. 8 (Tue) Rehearsals resume at Mrs. Kelly’s Theatre. 9 (Wed) Rehearsals continue. 14 (Mon) During the sixth annual Dinner of the General Theatrical Fund held in the London Tavern, at which he is giving the Chairman’s speech, CD learns that his eight-month-old daughter has died.

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