Note how difficult it can be to imitate Dickens's remarkable signature. The forgery is truly awful. This example comes from a small leather-bound album of 'Autographs / famous people / collected by Samuel Englewood / Henley on Thames / Oxon', which has also yielded examples by Thomas Carlyle and Lord Tennyson illustrated in this section of the site. These albums still regularly turn up on the market and are sometimes taken for real. More often the forgeries have been removed from their rather dodgy context, or perhaps the forger made individual examples. The albums vary in content, but often contain this Dickens letter and the Tennyson. Other favourites are Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, W.E. Gladstone, Elizabeth I (on bits of old leather) etc.

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