Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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MS Messrs Speedily, Mumford & Soames. Date: The only Thurs 13 Nov while CD was at Bentinck Street was in 1834. Address: —— Nethersole Esqre | New Inn.

18 Bentinck Street. Cavendish Square | Thursday November 13


As I am desirous of taking a set of Chambers in New Inn,2 should I find any to suit me; and as I am not aware what are the regulations of the Society, I think it better to consult you on the subject, before I trouble myself, or any one else by looking at such Chambers as are at present to let.

I am not a member of the legal profession; my whole time is at present devoted to literary pursuits, and I intend entering at the bar, as soon as circumstances will enable me to do so.3

Under these circumstances I take the liberty of enquiring whether not being admitted into the List of Attornies4 or Law Students, I am incapable of being admitted into the Inn, on complying with the established forms, and entering into such securities as are required from other gentlemen.

  •                                           I remain
  •                                             Sir
  •                                                   Your obedient Servant
  • — Nethersole Esqre                                  Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Henry Nethersole (?1801–72), solicitor, Steward of New Inn for 45 years. Partner in Nethersole & Speechly, Parliamentary agents.
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2 One of the old Inns of Chancery, dissolved in 1902.
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3 CD became a student of the Middle Temple in Dec 39, but was never called to the Bar: see To Chapman, 27 Dec 39, fn.
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4 Thus in MS.
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