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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To SIR CHARLES BELL,6 24 JUNE 1841

Text from typescript, Huntington Library.

  • Royal Hotel, Princes Street
  • Thursday Morning. | June 24. 1841

Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Sir Charles Bell, and begs to hand him the inclosed letter and accompanying little parcel, with which he was entrusted, previous to leaving town, by Mr. Thomas Landseer.7

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6 Sir Charles Bell (1774–1842; DNB), discoverer of the functions of the nerves. Practised medicine and lectured in London 1804–36, when he returned to his birthplace, Edinburgh, as Professor of Surgery. Published The Nervous System of the Human Body, 1830. Lifelong friend of Lord Jeffrey. He was on the platform at the dinner of 25 June.
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7 Landseer may have attended the lectures on anatomy which Bell gave to artists in London. Bell was a skilled draughtsman and illustrated many of his own anatomical works.
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