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(1812 - 1870) English novelist and the author of such classics as Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and David Copperfield. Third-person A.L.S. "Mr. Charles Dickens" 1p. 8vo., Gad's Hill, Hingham by Rochester, Dec. 22, 1866 to a Mr. Bell concerning a donation to a hospital charity event. He writes, in full: "Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Mr. Bell, and begs his kind acceptance of the enclosed cheque in aid of the objects of the Glasgow Bazaar. Absence prevented Mr. Dickens from receiving Miss Hingston's circular letter in time to forward one of his books for the sale there as requested". Dickens was alluding to the Fever Convalescent Home and Children's Bazaar which raised funds in order to support the construction of the Glasgow Convalescent Home as well as the Sick Children's Hospital. That event raised £4,893 for the two institutions. Published in The Letters of Charles Dickens (2002), p. 286. Matted with a 19th century engraving of Dickens. Usual folds and light soiling, else fine condition.

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