The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of
English and American Literature
"Decide to go."
This check for £100 was drawn by Dickens for "American Fares," on October 9, 1867, presumably to cover the
costs of passage to the States for him and his entourage. Before Dickens sailed from Liverpool on
November 9, George Dolby was sent for the second time across the Atlantic to make the necessary
arrangements regarding accommodations, performance venues and ticket sales. The day that seats for
the Boston performances were put on sale at Ticknor and Fields's bookstore, Dolby did duty for
thirteen hours, selling an amazing $12,000 worth of tickets.