Great expectations as Dickens letter goes on auction

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Great expectations as Dickens letter goes on auction

The author’s letter brings a Victorian dinner drama to life

Sarah Mills

A convivial letter written by Charles Dickens while he was touring Britain giving readings of his story A Christmas Carol is set to go up for auction at Christie’s in London.

In the four-page handwritten note dated December 6 1858, to his friend, the architect and MP Joseph Paxton, he describes a dinner held in Dickens’s honour that Paxton was persuaded to stay away from over political concerns.

“This is really a splendid letter, because it brings together Charles Dickens and one of the other great Victorian men of the age, Sir Joseph Paxton,” said Thomas Venning, head of the books department at Christie’s in London...

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