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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 Berg Collection. Date: The election of Beadle was held on 26 Mar 38; on Mon 19th CD noted "Mr. Hicks" in his diary, perhaps as a reminder to canvas support for him. Address: Richard Bentley Esquire.

Monday Morning

My Dear Sir

Will you do me the favor to sign the petition of the Bearer Mr. Hicks (overseer to Bradbury and Evans) who is a candidate for the vacant office of Beadle to the Stationers' Company?1 I have recommended him most warmly myself, and know him to be a man of very high character and deserts.

  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • Richard Bentley Esquire                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 The Beadle was the first of the Company's full-time servants. For his duties, which included the keeping of their register, see Cyprian Blagden, The Stationers' Company, 1960. There were four candidates, of whom Hicks came third, with three out of 21 votes (Court Minute-book, MS the Stationers' Company).
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