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William Henry Wills, more commonly referred to as W. H. Wills, first became closely connected with the Victorian author Charles Dickens in the mid-1840’s and continued to have a working relationship for the next twenty-five years. He became sub-editor on Dickens’s own magazines Household Words and the All the Year Round.
William Henry Wills was born in Plymouth, Devon on 13 January 1810. The son of a ship-owner, the family appear to have fallen on hard times after the end of the Napoleonic Wars and moved to London in 1820. They initially lived at The Polygon in Somers Town (where Charles Dickens would also live during his childhood).