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Kathleen Mary Tillotson, Madeline House, and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3: 1842–1843

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To ROBERT GILMOR,5 16 MARCH 1842

MS Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Address: Paid | R. Gilmour6 Esquire | Messrs. R. Gilmour & Sons | Baltimore.

Washington. | Sixteenth March 1842.

My Dear Sir.

I hope to be in Baltimore on Monday night, and to remain there two days, before going West—in the course of which brief stay, I shall rob you of certain large sums in Gold and Silver to carry into those remote parts. Meanwhile let me advise you that as Coutts's house7 by some strange mistake directed my letter of credit to a gentleman, formerly of this place, who has been dead some six years,8 I have been obliged to draw Fifty Pounds from the Metropolis pg 137Bank, and have given them a draft on you to that amount. I should have written to you for a supply, but it did not occur to me to enquire after the deceased Agent until last night (though I thought it odd not to have heard of him)—and tonight I leave this City, for Richmond.

  •                                              Dear Sir | Faithfully Yours
  • R. Gilmour Esquire                                   Charles Dickens

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5 Robert Gilmor (1774–1848), Baltimore banker and merchant. Retired from active partnership in Robert Gilmor & Sons 1830 and devoted his time to patronage of the arts, collecting, and the many learned societies to which he belonged. President, Maryland Academy of Science and Literature, 1822; a founder of the Maryland Historical Society. Lived at 57 Lombard Street, a house which was the centre of social activity in Baltimore.
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6 Mis-spelt thus by CD.
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7 Where Edward Marjoribanks, a partner, was arranging credit for him: see To Marjoribanks, 11 Dec 41 (ii, 442–3). CD had then asked for a letter of credit on Coutts's correspondent in New York for £800—an amount advanced by Edward Chapman and credited to CD's account on 27 Dec 41 (Account-book, MS Messrs Coutts). The sum represented £50 more than the payment due for the five months Jan to May 42 (for Chapman & Hall's agreement that CD should have £150 a month throughout the year in which he was not engaged on a book, see Vol. ii, p. 372). His account-book (MS Messrs Coutts) shows payments direct to Gilmor & Sons of £50 and £400 on 18 June 42.
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8 Unidentified. Cf. To Miss Coutts, 22 Mar.
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