StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS MOCATTA/26
TitleDickens/Davis Correspondence
DescriptionAutograph correspondence between Charles Dickens and Eliza Davis, concerning the Jewish characters in his novels, and the presentation of a Hebrew Bible by Davis to Dickens; the original design for the presentation inscription for the Bible; and a letter to Mamie Dickens on her father's death. Includes typed transcriptions.
Extent1 volume
AdminHistoryCharles John Huffam Dickens, born in Portsmouth, 1812, second child of John Dickens (1785-1851), an assistant clerk in the navy pay office, and his wife Elizabeth, ne Barrow (1789-1863); worked in a blacking factory and as a solicitor's clerk, then as a journalist before becoming a novelist; married Catherine Hogarth, 1836; helped found Urania Cottage, a home for homeless women, 1847; separated from his wife, 1858; died Kent, 1870. Publications include: 'Sketches by Boz' (1836); 'The Pickwick Papers' (1836-1837); 'Oliver Twist' (1837-1839); 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby' (1838-1839); 'The Old Curiosity Shop' (1840-1841); 'Barnaby Rudge' (1841); 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1842-1844); 'A Christmas Carol' (1843); 'Dombey and Son' (1846-1848); 'David Copperfield' (1849-1850); 'Bleak House' (1852-1853); 'Hard Times' (1854); 'Little Dorrit' (1855-1857); 'A Tale of Two Cities' (1859); 'Great Expectations' (1861); 'Our Mutual Friend' (1864-1865).

Eliza Davis was the wife of James Phineas Davis, solicitor, who bought the lease of Tavistock House from Dickens in 1860.
CustodialHistoryFrom the collection of Sir Louis Sterling.
AcquisitionTransferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
Related MaterialUniversity College London Special Collections holds the Bible presented by Davis to Dickens, including an accompanying letter from her (ref. STRONG ROOM MOCATTA QB 10 BEN).
PublnNotePublished in Cumberland Clark, 'Charles Dickens and his Jewish Characters' (London, 1918); 'Fagin and Riah', 'The Dickensian' 17 (1921), p. 144-152; some also published in Madeline House, Graham Storey, Kathleen Tillotson (eds.), 'The Letters of Charles Dickens', (Oxford, 1965-2002).
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