My Father as I Recall Him
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My Father as I Recall Him, by Mamie DickensThe Project Gutenberg eBook, My Father as I Recall Him, by Mamie DickensThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: My Father as I Recall HimAuthor: Mamie DickensRelease Date: November 11, 2008 [eBook #27234]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII)***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM***Transcribed from the Roxburghe Press edition by David Price, ccx074@pglaf.orgCover of bookCharles DickensThe pages of this little book were in type and about to be sent for correction to my sister—who had been for somemonths in very delicate health—when she suddenly became still more gravely ill. The hand which had traced the words oflove and veneration dedicated to our father’s memory grew too feeble to hold a pen, and before the proofs of her littlevolume could be submitted to her for revision, my dear sister died.K. P.Mamie DickensMY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM.byMAMIE DICKENS.theROXBURGHE PRESS,fifteen, victoria street,westminster.this work, and all the publications of the roxburghe press, are supplied to the trade by messrs. simpkin, marshall,hamilton, kent & company, limited, and can be obtained through any bookseller.CONTENTS. Page.Chapter I. 7Seeing “Gad’s ...

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My Father as I RecallH im
The Project Gutenberg eBook, My Father as I Recall Him, by Mamie Dickens This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
Title: My Father as I Recall Him Author: Mamie Dickens
 ,by Mamie Dickens
Release Date: November 11, 2008 [eBook #27234] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM*** Transcribed from the Roxburghe Press edition by David Price, ccx074@pglaf.org Cover of book Charles Dickens The pages of this little book were in type and about to be sent for correction to my sister—who had been for some months in very delicate health—when she suddenly became still more gravely ill. The hand which had traced the words of love and veneration dedicated to our father’s memory grew too feeble to hold a pen, and before the proofs of her little volume could be submitted to her for revision, my dear sister died. K. P.
Mamie Dickens
MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM.
by MAMIE DICKENS. the ROXBURGHE PRESS, fifteen, victoria street, westminster. this work, and all the publications of the roxburghe press, are supplied to the trade by messrs. simpkin, marshall, hamilton, kent & company, limited, and can be obtained through any bookseller.
CONTENTS.
 Chapter I. Seeing “Gad’s Hill” as a child.—His domestic side and home love.—His love of children.—His neatness and punctuality.—At the table, and as host. The original of “Little Nell.” Chapter II. Buying Christmas presents.—In the dance.—The merriest of them all.—As a conjurer.—Christmas at “Gad’s Hill.”—Our Christmas dinners.—A New Year’s Eve frolic.—New Year on the Green.—Twelfth Night festivities. Chapter III. My father at his work.—Rooms in which he wrote.—Love for his child characters.—Genius for character drawing. —Nicholas Nickleby.—His writing hours.—His only amanuensis.—“Pickwick” and “Boz.”—Death of Mr. Thackeray. Chapter IV. Fondness for Athletic Sports.—His love of bathing.—His study of the raven.—Calling the doctor in.—My father with our dogs.—The cats of “Gad’s Hill.”—”Bumble” and “Mrs. Bouncer.”—A strange friendship. Chapter V. Interest in London birds.—Our pet bird “Dick.”—Devotion of his dogs.—Decision to visit America.—His arrival in New York.—Comments on American courtesies.—Farewell public appearances. Chapter VI. Last words spoken in public.—A railroad accident in 1865.—At home after his American visit.—”Improvements” at “Gad’s Hill.”—At “Gad’s Hill” once more.—The closing day of his life.—Burial at Westminster.  
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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
Charles Dickens Mamie Dickens Charles Dickens reading in the garden Mr. Pickwick slides Mr. John Leech Mr. Pickwick under the Mistletoe Mrs. Bouncer To Miss Dickens’ Pomeranian “Mrs. Bouncer” The Empty Chair Charles Dickens’ Grave
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