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Charles Dickens Correspondence

 Collection — Container: MS Acc 29
Call Number: MS Acc 29

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 20 letters written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870), that discuss a variety of subjects, among them details concerning the Tavistock House theatricals and rehearsals for "Turning the Tables", and the plight of the poor in England. In other letters, Dickens elicits help for orphans from the Gentlemen of the Stock Exchange, confirms or declines invitations, and expresses his interest in the Ragged School Movement. Also included in the correspondence are several letters that provide glimpses into Dickens’s domestic life, including the future cadetship for one of his sons and his wife’s health.


  • 1839-1867
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1940


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


20.00 Items

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Arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Donation and purchase

Method of Acquisition

W. H. Miller (donation)


Purchase, 1942

Related Materials

Envelope addressed to James T. Fields dated 10 Apr 1869. MS E. 9.4, 70-8

Selections of various books specifically associated with children. MS E. 9.1., No 94

White kid gloves presented to Mrs. Howard Ticknor in 1868. MS Eng. 315 (1)

Letter to Lydia Maria Child dated 28 Dec 1842. MS Ch. H. 11.15

Letter to Joseph Field dated 25 Jan 1842. MS KF, vol. 2, no. 144

A.L.S. to John Kenyon dated 21 May 1850. MS Ch. H. 11.19

A.L.S. to S. Arthur Chappell dated 7 August 1899. MS E. 9.4, 75-159

A.L.S. to Kate Field dated 2 January 1868. MS KF vol. 2, no 143

A.L.S. to Mrs. Howard Ticknor dated 21 April 1868. MS Eng. 315 (3)

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Finding aid written by Kimberly Reynolds, February 2011.

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Charles Dickens Correspondence
Kimberly Reynolds, February 2011
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