DICKENS, CHARLES. Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens") to William Locke, asking for information about the Ragged Schools. Devonshire Terrace, 2 March 1846. 2½ pages, 8vo, written on rectos and verso, mounting remnants at corners of last recto; mounted to card. "... I have an opportunity of using any facts I can collect... probably with solid and permanent advantage with those humane institutions. I have no intention... of printing this information. Any statistics you can furnish me with, bearing on the schools...or any statement you may feel inclined to make to me ... I shall be happy to receive..."