DICKENS, Charles, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Novelist.
Autograph envelope signed 'Charles Dickens' in the lower left hand corner, addressed to his solicitor Frederick Ouvry in Lincoln's Inn Fields, 13 August 1869. The envelope is complete with postal cancellations to both sides and the monogram 'C.D' within a belt to the flap (neatly cut to open).
This appears to be the envelope to the letter of the same date printed in The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, vol. 12, page 393. It would not have been unusual in those times for a letter to bear a postal cancellation of the date of posting, that on the reverse is for the following day. In the letter (now in the Henry E. Huntington Library) Dickens refers to a deed he has asked Ouvry to prepare in consequence of his publisher Chapman taking on a partner. The object being to protect the arrangement by which Dickens and Chapman jointly share the copyright of his books.
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