Near the end of his second trip to the United States, an exhausted Dickens makes arrangements for a social engagement with his American publisher. "Two considerations in reference to Thursday: 1. I am so nervous and shaken, that I should be in danger of tumbling to pieces, if I tried to sit behind your fast trotting horse. 2. I must have a carriage on that day, to go about and leave some cards.
"Question therefore respectfully submitted: whether visit to Mrs. Ticknor in gorgeous equipage turned out unter Parkerian contract [that is, the Parker House Hotel] is admissable as compromise and at what hour?"
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