Portrait and one page autograph letter addressed “My Dear Lawrence” and signed “Always yours, Edmund Yates.”  A letter of apology, written apparently as the result of a misunderstanding regarding an appointment.  Edmund Yates was a longtime friend of Charles Dickens.  He was intimately acquainted with Dickens's personal affairs and had advised Dickens, unsuccessfully, not to publish the “Personal Statement” in "Household Words," wherein Dickens proclaimed his innocence with regard to Ellen Ternan. Yates was an occasional contributor to "Town Talk," a weekly journal that specialized in publishing critical literary reviews as well as gossipy, scandalous and sometimes bordering on libelous comments about prominent figures of the day.  Shortly after the appearance of the “Personal Statement” and Thackeray’s unfortunate blunder on entering the Garrick Club (Thackeray said an "actress" had caused Dickens's separation from his wife), Yates selected Thackeray as the subject of his weekly column in "Town Talk."  Yates wrote a scathing article attacking Thackeray’s literary ability, personal traits, and his character, which he considered to be devious and self-serving.  Thackeray was furiously irritated.  However, instead of brushing the article off as the work of a young gossip columnist, Thackeray decided to do battle.  Then the whole controversy quickly got out of control.  Dickens, Thackeray and Yates were all members of the Garrick Club.  Thackeray demanded an apology from Yates, and when Yates did not respond in terms satisfactory to Thackeray, Thackeray placed the whole matter before the membership committee of the Garrick Club.  He claimed, among other charges, that matters discussed by members within the Club should stay within it, and not be written about in the press.  Yates appealed to his friend Dickens, who wrote letters to Thackeray and letters supporting Yates to the committee.  However, neither Thackeray nor the committee would relent and Yates was expelled from the Club, his name being erased from the role of members.  Thackeray assumed that Dickens had helped Yates in writing the article in "Town Talk" (He had not).  Dickens decided never to enter the Garrick Club again.  Thackeray had won the battle and Yates had been expelled.  However, the controversy had severed Thackeray’s relationship with Dickens.  This break would continue until a few weeks before Thackeray’s death.