Charles Dickens

Graham Storey, Kathleen Mary Tillotson, and Angus Easson (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 7: 1853–1855

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I, 537.30.             To MR MANSELL,1 [?JANUARY–MARCH 1839)*

MS University of Virginia. Date: Fleming's death was registered in the first quarter of 39; handwriting supports.

48 Doughty Street. | Monday Morning


If you will make such arrangements as you think proper with an Undertaker for Mr. Fleming's2 funeral, and will pay him what you have in hand for that purpose, you may refer him to me for the balance—provided it is not more than the sum you mention—four pounds. Even this is more than I am quite justified in giving (with many other claims upon me) but the distressing nature of the case overcomes any other considerations.

  •                                                 Your obedt. servant
  • Mr. Mansell.                                      Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Perhaps a partner in George & Thomas Mansell & Co., wholesale tea-dealers, 2 Bucklersbury; or possibly Frederick Mansell, engraver and printer, 73 Myddleton St, Spitalfields; either may have befriended Fleming.
Editor’s Note
2 Wilmington Fleming, a distressed minor poet, whom CD had recommended to the Literary Fund in Oct 1838: see Vol. i, pp. 437 and n, 444.
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