Undated reproduction of a photograph (with facsimile signature), of C. Hare Townshend.  Dickens dedicated Great Expectations to Townshend, who greatly admired Dickens’s work.  While Dickens was on his second American tour, his friend Townshend died, leaving Dickens a legacy of 1000 pounds and an appointment as his literary executor.   After much work assembling Townshend’s notes, Dickens had Chapman and Hall publish the completed volume, entitled Religious Opinions of the Late Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend, Published as Directed in his Will by his Literary Executor.  Dickens provided an unsigned preliminary Introduction, and edited the text.  The book is one of the rarest items in the Dickens canon.