1865. Payable to "Mr Collis." In the amount of seventeen pounds, one shilling and fivepence. London: Messrs. Coutts & Compy., Sixth February 1865. We do not know who "Mr Collis" is for certain, but it is likely that he was a member of the family of Dickens's very close friend Mark Lemon (1809-1870, very close to CD's dates): Lemon collaborated on "Mister Nightingale's Diary" with Dickens, and co-founded the humor periodical Punch in 1841. Lemon's mother was Alice Collis before marrying Martin Lemon (who died in 1817, when Mark was only eight); when he was 15, young Mark was sent to live with (and apprentice to) his uncle Thomas Collis, a hops merchant.~The cheque is in fine condition (one tiny hole, the appropriate over-stamp by the bank Glyn & Co.). (Inventory #: 13438)
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