DICKENS (CHARLES) Autograph letter signed ("CD"), to his schoolfellow and solicitor Thomas Mitton, summarizing the accounts for Master Humphrey's Clock, [1840]
Lot 59
DICKENS (CHARLES) Autograph letter signed ("CD"), to his schoolfellow and solicitor Thomas Mitton, summarizing the accounts for Master Humphrey's Clock, [1840]
Sold for £1,312 (US$ 2,049) inc. premium

Lot Details
DICKENS (CHARLES)
Autograph letter signed ("CD"), to his schoolfellow and solicitor Thomas Mitton, summarizing the accounts for Master Humphrey's Clock ("...I have the clock account, and you shall see it..."), which at £10,635-10s-10d receipts set against total expenditure "including the cost of stock of the value of £2,875-9-6 now on hand" of £10,295-4s-10d, shows £340-6s-0d as "Balance in money now in hand in favor of the partners"; against which Dickens draws a pointing hand, and overleaf states his reaction thus: "!!!!!!!!!"; concluding: "So, you see all the profit is spent in stock, and this half year I'm half master of God knows how many thousand reams of printed paper"; with autograph envelope to Mitton (possibly from another letter), 2 pages, plus integral blank, light dust-staining but overall in fine fresh condition, the envelope torn and dust-stained, 8vo, "Devonshire Terrace/ Sunday 18th October" [1840]

Footnotes

  • DICKENS 'THE MASTER OF GOD KNOWS HOW MANY THOUSAND REAMS OF PRINTED PAPER', submits accounts for Master Humphrey's Clock. It was in this weekly periodical that he published the novels The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge along with some short stories. Master Humphrey's Clock was published between 4 April 1840 and 4 December 1841. No letter of this date is recorded in the Pilgrim edition of The Letters of Charles Dickens. It was written after finishing the first volume; Dickens hosting a dinner to celebrate the occasion on Tuesday, 20 October. See illustration overleaf.
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