1935's Scrooge omits the charitable solicitors altogether, which calls into question the usefulness of the scene. Some adaptations make in interchangeable with Fred's visit and now we have a version that simply leaves it out.
As I argued when we looked at Dickens' version, I do think the solicitors' scene is doing something different from Fred's, but the significance of that difference could be up for debate and I acknowledge that simply leaving out the solicitors is a valid option (though not, in my opinion, the preferable one).
Frankly, I'd be surprised that it isn't deleted from more versions except that the "surplus population" line is such a classic.
I prefer it included, as well.
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