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Dickens, Charles
Envelope signed ("Charles Dickens"), addressed in holograph to Mrs. Hillard 62 Pinckney Street
1842. Circular "C.D." ink stamp on flap. 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches. "Dickens says he likes Susan Hillard better than any American lady he has met with," wrote a witness to the Boston literary scene of the mid nineteenth century, shortly after Dickens' first visit to the city in 1842 (Memoir of the Life of Mrs. Anne Jean Lyman, 1875, p 432). Susan Hillard hid fugitive slaves in the attic of her house at 62 Pinckney Street during the 1850s, at the same time her husband, George Stillman Hillard, was charged as a federal commissioner with enforcing the Fugitve Slave Act. George was a partner of Charles Sumner's law firm, a founder of the Five of Clubs and first dean of BU Law School. Sumner played guide to the round of Beacon Hill fetes arranged for Dickens on his inaugural Boston visit, at which time he would have made Susan Hillard's acquaintence. Circular "C.D." ink stamp on flap. 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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