Posted on February 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

More than three hundred Charles Dickens items have been plucked from a private collection by the London museum devoted to the author.

The Guardian reports that the letters, manuscripts, original artwork, and personal items include specific directions that Dickens gave to his author before dinner parties.

Only he and one other guest were to enjoy the strong gin punch that Dickens favored, while the majority were to be served limited wine before the meal — with no champagne until the eating began.

Read more about the purchases (and see them) in the Guardian.

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