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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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pg 427To WILLIAM DAY,1 19 JANUARY 1843

MS Benoliel Collection.


  • 1 Devonshire Terrace | York Gate Regents Park
  • Nineteenth January 1843

My Dear Sir.

Let me thank you for the proof of the letter you have addressed to me;2 which I received, by your favor, this morning. I have read it with the greatest satisfaction. And though I cannot lay claim to the merit you would give me; for doing so slight a thing as denouncing Slavery on any terms, but especially in co-existence with that monstrous Lie, the declaration of American Independence; still I cannot but feel proud of your approval and Good opinion.

  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • William Day Esquire                                   Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 William Day, miscellaneous writer, of Exeter; formerly editor of The Christian's Friend and the Jersey Argus. Author of a pamphlet, Slavery in America Shown to be Peculiarly Abominable, 1841 (2nd edn, 1857), dedicated to Thomas Clarkson; a copy was given to CD "with the Author's respectful compliments" (Catalogue of the Library of CD, ed. J. H. Stonehouse, p. 88).
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2 His letter to CD appeared in the Western Times of 28 Jan 43, dated 17 Jan from New North Road, Exeter; beginning by referring to "the fashion among some people to think that whatever passes under the name of freedom must be deserving of admiration" and to their defence of slavery, he congratulated CD on the courage and independence of his "manly observations" in American Notes and quoted from it at length; he rejoiced in the extensive circulation of CD's work in America, and hoped some of the slaveowners might be converted.
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