The Begging-Letter Writer

He has frequently been exactly seven-and-sixpence short of independence.

Background.   "He has frequently been exactly seven-and-sixpence short of independence." is a quotation from The Begging-Letter Writer. The Begging-Letter Writer was an article, written by Charles Dickens, about begging letter writers. It was first published in Household Words on 18 March, 1850.   Context. Charles Dickens had been plagued with receiving begging letters after being catapulted to national fame following the success of The Pickwick Papers. The quotation is taken from the following passage of The Begging-Letter Writer: I [...]