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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 71, February 20, 1860

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Identifier: DX02875340

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 71, February 20, 1860

Description: Describes gossip about Charles Dickens heard from Abrahams and Arthur Ledger.

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By [Arthur] Ledger and Abrahams.

incompatibility of temper alluded to in his [Charles Dickens'] published letters and more. That he is very "fast" generally, saves no money, has been again and again in danger of arrest for debt. That ordinarily he is a silent observer, but can be, of course, the most delightful of hosts and companions. That he writes principally at night. His is a late house; you would go, says Abrahams, to it at noon and find the footman in his morning dress, the breakfast or supper things about. Abrahams claims to have written from Dickens' dictation. The father (he asserts) withdrew his son's name from the Garrick club, where he had entered it, in consequence of the son's espousing his mother [Catherine Dickens]'s cause. Thus Abrahams, whom [Frank] Cahill accuses of a certain weakness for lying. Now Ledger. He speaks of the intimacy between the Dickens and his sister-in-law [Georgina Hogarth] as an accredited scandal, as of his general fastness and extravagance. He has seen him, dining the meeting at Covent Garden or Drury Lane, when Dickens alluded to Palmerston as the "comic old gentleman. He was then got up in a blue coat with brass buttons, a double-breasted red-velvet waistcoat, light striped cashmere trousers, a profusion of chains and rings and a good deal of hair! That he commits

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-02-20

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Diaries
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