William Henry Wills (1810-1880) was a contributor to magazines and
McCulloch's geographical dictionary, served as one of the original literary staff of
Punch, and was a contributer and sub-editor of the
Daily news (1846) before becoming a contributor and assistant editor of Chambers' journal,
Household words (1849), and of
All the year round (1859-69). The collection consists of letters to William Henry and Janet Wills from various persons, and a few letters from
various persons to relations and associates of Wills.
Wills was born in 1810 in Plymouth, England; became a contributor to the Penny and Saturday magazines and McCulloch's geographical dictionary; served as one of the original literary staff of Punch; began a lifelong association with Charles Dickens as a contributer and sub-editor of the Daily news in 1846; became contributor and assistant editor of Chambers' journal, Household words in 1849, and of All the year round, 1859-69; wrote Old leaves: gathered from Household words (1860); he died in 1880.
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