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|Named Person:||Charles Dickens; George Dolby; James R Osgood; James Thomas Fields; A V S Anthony; A V S Anthony; Charles Dickens; George Dolby; James Thomas Fields; James R Osgood|
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Agreement to and description of a walking match between Charles Dickens and friends held near Boston on Feb. 29, 1868.
"Signed by the man of Ross, otherwise [blank]; signed by the Boston Bantam, otherwise [blank]; signed by Massachusetts Jemmy, otherwise [blank]; signed by the Gad's Hill Gasper, otherwise [blank]; witness to the signatures [blank].
"An extremely rare and interesting item, a relic of Dicken's last visit to America. George Dolby and James R. Osgood, members of Dicken's party, were constantly devising some means for ... his flagging spirits. They hit upon this scheme of a walking match, to be held in Boston, on February 29, to celebrate the day, as Dickens puts it "which I can say 'next month' for home." The match ended in the Englishman's defeat; which Dickens doubly commemorated by the above narrative of the American victory, in sporting newspaper style, and by a dinner in Boston to the party, whose names are disignated in Article ...
|Description:||1 sheet ( p.) ; 52 x 59 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Signed by the contestants, George Dolby and James R. Osgood, and the umpires and starters, Charles Dickens and James T. Field, the latter known as "Massachusetts Jemmy," with the signature of A.V.S. Anthony as witness.|