A Christmas Carol,Charles Dickens,a Charles Dickens "bio" by numbers puzzle

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This puzzle is a math essay wherein the student will learn a bit about Charles Dickens . . . and review a little middle school arithmetic. The intent is to NOT use a calculator to discover the number/dates they do not know in order to complete a math "essay" about Charles Dickens. Here are my instructions to the puzzle doer:
To fill in the blanks above, and find the Charles Dickens quote, place the date/number below the blank with the letters and events below. If you do not recall (or don’t know) the date or number in the events listed, I’ve given you the math wherewithal to calculate it. Of course, it might help to learn/remember that a quick way to add mentally is by “over-adding.” Consider 736 + 198. Instead of adding 198, add 200; it’s easier to add to 736. So, 736 + 200 is 936. But you’ve added two too much, so subtract the two from your 936 to get 934, which is the sum of 736 and 198. When subtracting, you can “over-subtract.” Consider 841 – 398. Instead of subtracting 398; it’s easier to subtract 400. So 841 – 400 is 441. But you’ve subtracted two too much, so add the two back in to get 443. You may also want to remember some elementary exponent expressions and the order of operations.
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