A Dickens Companion by Norman Page (auth.)

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KoLLE, HENRY, was a friend of CD during his period as a lawyer's clerk. He married Anne, sister of Maria Beadnell, and was involved in CD's courtship of Maria. LAMERT, jAMEs, was a stepson of CD's aunt and lodged with the Dickens family at Chatham during CD's boyhood. During this period Lamert often took the boy to the Theatre Royal. After the move to Camden town, he continued to live with the Dickens family, made CD a toy theatre, and offered him ('in an evil hour for me', as CD later said) a job in the blacking warehouse that he managed for his brother-in-law George Lamert.

He visited CD in England in I849· PROCTER, BRYAN WALLER (I787-I874). Under the pseudonym of 'Barry Cornwall' he was in his day a popular poet. He had been a friend of Lamb and Hazlitt, was a member ofLady Blessington's salon at Gore House, and became a lifelong friend of CD. He attended the dinner to welcome him home from America in I 842. 44 A Dickens Companion In a letter of 2 March I845 CD refers to him as 'our dear good Procter'. He contributed to HW and A YR. His daughter Adelaide Anne Procter (I 825-64) was a very popular poetess who contributed frequently to HWand AYR as 'Mary Berwick'; CD was not at first aware that the pseudonym belonged to one he had known since her childhood, and he accepted her poems on their merits.

The two men became friends, and CD visited him in Scotland in 1841. CD named his third son after Jeffrey, and dedicated The Cricket on the Hearth to him. There is a chapter on Jeffrey in ]. W. T. Ley's The Dickens Circle (1918). jERDAN, WILLIAM. As editor of the Literary Gazette he published (in June I836) one of the earliest criticisms of PP, which had at that time reached only the fourth number and was still little known, and wrote to CD urging him to develop the character of Sam Weller 'to the utmost'.

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