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Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 4: 1844–1846

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Extract in F, iv, iii, 321–2. Date: "two days later" than letter of?i8 Jan according to Forster.

The farther affidavits put in by way of extenuation by the printing rascals are rather strong, and give one a pretty correct idea of what the men must be who hold on by the heels of literature.3 Oh! the agony of Talfourd at Knight Brace's not hearing him! He had sat up till three in the morning; he says, preparing his speech; and would have done all kinds of things with the affidavits. It certainly was a splendid subject. We have heard nothing from the vagabonds yet.4 I once thought of printing the affidavits without a word of comment, and sewing them up with Chuzzlewit. Talfourd is strongly disinclined to compromise with the printers5 on any terms. In which case it would be referred to the master6 to ascertain what profits had been made by the piracy, and 10 order the same to be paid to me. But wear and tear of law is my consideration.

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3 The affidavits supporting Lee's sworn on 16 and 17 Jan: see To Forster, ?18 Jan, fns.
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4 The four publishers.
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5 Lee & Haddock.
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6 The Master of the Rolls, one of the five Chancery Judges.
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