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Charles Dickens

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

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Extract in Bangs & Co. catalogue No. 2341 (1886); MS 1 p.; dated 1842. Date: clearly after meeting Gilmor on 22 Mar; perhaps in Cincinnati where he stayed 4–6 Apr.

Mr. Gilmor, of Baltimore, gave me a letter to you, begging your advice in the matter of getting cashed any drafts I might draw upon his house. But after doing so he gave me a letter to a Banker in this city3 for the same purpose; therefore I will not trouble you with the communication—which is a mere business one, rendered quite unnecessary.

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Editor’s Note
3 The following, from Sir Charles Lyell to Sumner, Cincinnati, 25 May 42, suggests that the city may have been Cincinnati: "We hear much of your friend Mr Dickens here—He was kept a long time waiting in a banking house here while they were cashing a bill & one Mr Longstreet a rich man of this place, but one who dressed shabbily, entered into a long conversation with him. He was asked afterwards what notion he had formed of the person with whom he had talked. He said he was a shrewd & rich man which last he had inferred merely from the satisfied tone of Mr L." (MS Houghton Library, Harvard).
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