People have been very kind to us — we have one or two engagements for every day this week, and had three dinners for one day, two of which we were, of course, forced to decline. We had a pleasant dinner at Dickens's, on Saturday--a very handsome entertainment, consisting of all manner of good things. Dickens led me in to dinner — waxed quite genial over his wine, and was more natural than I ever saw him-after dinner we had coffee, conversation and music, to which I lent my little wee voice! We did not get home until half-past 11.... Annie has doubtless told you how we went to see Carlyle, and Mrs. was out, and I poured tea for him, and he handed me the preserves with: “I do not know what thae little things are, perhaps you can eat them — I never touch them myself.” This naturally made me laugh — we had a strange but pleasant evening with him — he is about forty, looks young for that, drinks powerful tea, and then goes it strong upon all subjects, but without extravagancehe has a fine head, an earnest face, a glowing eye.... Furthermore, we have walked into the affections of the
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