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Autograph Letter Signed (“CD.”) to “My Dear Mitton” [probably Thomas Mitton, friend and solicitor], regarding an engagement with Miss Coutts.
1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, Devonshire Terrace, Monday Morning n.d. but annotated in pencil “(?1842)”
A letter organising an engagement with Mitton, also mentioning a prior appointment arranged with “Miss Coutts” “on business” at “the Banking House”. Angela Burdett-Coutts of the banking dynasty was one of the richest women in England and a personal friend of Dickens. Between them, Dickens and Burdett-Coutts established a home whose aim was the rehabilitation of “fallen women”.
This letter is tipped into a fine copy of Dombey and Son. First Edition. London. Bradbury & Evans. 1848. Hablot K Browne "Phiz" (illustrator). Bound in contemporary green morocco with marbled boards. Raised bands, gilt ornaments to centre each compartment with gold stamped title and date (1848) on the spine.
A letter which mentions Burdett-Coutts and is tipped into an edition of Dombey and Son makes a very nice pairing because it was during the writing of this novel that Dickens devoted a significant amount of energy to their mutual philanthropic endeavour.
Stock Code: 214854