Three-page autograph letter signed “Yours very truly A. G. S. Beadnell Major.”  The letter is addressed “Dear Sir.”  The recipient of the letter was apparently inquiring on behalf of a third party.  The letter reads in part “With reference to your letter of 22nd... Charles Dickens was an intimate friend of my Grandfather (George Beadnell who was manager of Smith and Paynes Bank-London) so much so that he proposed [to] my late aunt (who afterward married Mr. Henry Winter).”  Major Beadnell goes on to say that owing to her coming marriage to Winter, Maria decided not to further entertain Dickens’s suit, and writes “Mr. Kolle & my father were related, exactly how I don’t know.”  Beadnell goes on to say that if the addressee’s friend wishes to inform him of his interest in the matter, he will endeavor to help him.  The letter was apparently forwarded by the addressee, who has written in the margin “My dear Wilson acknowledged briefly and said you might now possibly address him direct.  Did not give your name and address.  Said you had not already written to him in consequence of indisposition!”  In still another hand, there is written in pencil “Alfred George Stubblefield Beadnell, late King’s Own Scottish Borderers.  Born 1850, retired 1891.  There is a Major A H. M. Beadnell in the Army List, as belonging to the third Battalion Royal English Fusiliers serving in the 'Provisional Battalion' ? His son.”  It would appear that the unknown addressee was also interested in investigating the Dickens-Beadnell relationship.