Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 2: 1840–1841

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MS Berg Collection. Address: To | The Committee of | The Western Literary Institution.

  • 1 Devonshire Terrace | York Gate Regents Park.
  • July 10th. 1840.


I beg to recommend to you, Mr. Thornton Hunt, who is a candidate for the situation of librarian to your valuable Institution.

I venture to commend this gentleman to your notice most warmly and earnestly; not because I have a great esteem and regard for his father, but pg 99because of his own personal character and qualifications. Besides possessing abilities which would qualify him for a much higher station than that which he seeks to fill, he is a person of the highest honor and integrity: most punctual and exact in the discharge of any duties he undertakes, and a truly zealous and conscientious man.

I am happy to bear this testimony to the character of Mr. Thornton Hunt; and I offer no apology, gentlemen, for obtruding it on you, being quite certain that if you elect him, you will never require any.1

  • I am Gentlemen | Your faithful Servant
  •                     Charles Dickens

To | The Committee of | The Western Literary Institution.

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Editor’s Note
2 The Western Literary and Scientific Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge amongst Persons Engaged in Commercial and Professional Pursuits; founded 1837. Its address was 47 Leicester Square 1839–45. One of its Vice-Presidents was Samuel Rogers.
Editor’s Note
1 Whether Hunt was appointed is not known.
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