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Insularities

19/1/1856

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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Subjects Great Britain—Social Life and Customs
National Characteristics; Nationalism
Social classes; Class distinctions; Aristocracy (Social Class); Aristocracy (Social Class)—Fiction; Middle Class; Working Class; Servants;
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Dickens visited the Paris 'Exposition Universelle' in November 1855 and wrote to Forster that he 'did not think that English art showed to advantage beside the French'.

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Ben Serraq [i]

19/1/1856

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Author Edmund Saul Dixon
Genre Prose: Digest; Review i
Subjects Africa, North—Description and Travel
Crime; Criminals; Punishment; Capital Punishment; Prisons; Penal Transportation; Penal Colonies
Escapes; Fugitives from Justice—Fiction
Law; Lawyers; Justice; Courts; Trials
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Based on Charles Richard, Algérie. Scènes de moeurs arabes (1850).

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Langthwaite

19/1/1856

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Author Eliza Lynn Linton
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
Religion—Christianity—Protestantism; Dissenters, Religious
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Author Henry Morley
Subjects Accidents; Accident Victims—Fiction; Fires; Search and Rescue Operations; Natural Disasters; Disasters; Disaster Relief
Industries; Industrial Revolution—Great Britain; Industrialization; Industrial Safety; Industrial Laws and Legislation; Industrial Welfare; Industrial Relations;
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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Dickens probably added to or modified portions of the following segments of 'Our Wicked Mis-statements': from the beginning to 'discussion of it' (p. 14); from 'On this same point' to 'HOUSEHOLD WORDS' (p. 15); from 'We believe' to 'very like him!' (p. 16); from 'We will pursue' (p. 18) to the conclusion.
Dickens may also have retouched other sections that refer to Miss Martineau.
The Household Words Office Book lists 'Our Wicked Mis-statements' as solely by Morley, but Dickens' letters indicate that he edited portions of the piece with great care and also added passages. In 1855, Morley had written five articles for Household Words ('Fencing with Humanity,' 14 April; 'Death's Cyphering Book,' 12 May; '[Chips:]Deadly Shafts,' 23 June; 'More Grist to the Mill,' 28 July; and 'Two Shillings per Horse-Power,' 8 September) on the subject of industrial accidents and the new factory laws for fencing dangerous machinery. Harriet Martineau, a frequent contributor to Household Words and a friend of Dickens, wrote a pamphlet, The Factory Controversy: A Warning Against Meddling Legislation (1855), on behalf of the manufacturers, attacking Morley's articles and vilifying Dickens. The history of the controversy and the nature of the charges are set forth in 'Our Wicked Mis-statements' reprinted below.
Regarding this article, Dickens wrote to Wills on 6 January 1856:

I have read Morley's article, and gone very carefully over that part of it which refers to Miss Martineau. Supposing the facts to be closely examined and verified, I think it should be printed, and should go into the opening of the next No. as I have arranged it in the enclosed proof. I do not quite distinctly see how it is proved that the renunciation of the idea of paying the penalties dates from that seventh of August beyond all doubt. I should like it made clearer.
Miss Martineau, in this, is precisely what I always knew her to be, and have always impressed her upon you as being. I was so convinced that it was impossible that she could be anything else, having seen and heard her, that I am not in the least triumphant at her justifying my opinion. I do suppose that there never was such a wrong-headed woman born - such a vain one - or such a Humbug.
If you think any little thing I have put in, too hard, consult Forster. If you both think so, take it out. Not otherwise.

Harry Stone; © Bloomington and Indiana University Press, 1968. DJO gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce this material.

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Murmurs

19/1/1856

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Author Adelaide Anne Procter
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subjects Nature; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature in Literature; Landscapes
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Author Jonathan Nathaniel Spellen
Genres Prose: Digest; Review i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Great Britain—Description and Travel
Great Britain—History
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Based on Margaret steuart Calderwood, A Journey in England, Holland, and the Low Countries (1842 ed.).

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Author Eustace Clare Grenville Murray
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Crimean War, 1853-1856
Europe, Eastern—Description and Travel; Europe, Central—Description and Travel
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
Travel; Tourism; Hotels; Resorts; Seaside Resorts—Fiction; Passports;
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Advertisements

19/1/1856

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Genre Advertisement(s) i
Subjects Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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Advertisement for the Twelfth Volume of Household Words
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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Report i
Subjects Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
London (England)—Description and Travel
Poverty; Poor Laws—Great Britain; Workhouses—Great Britain
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The Scrapegrace

26/1/1856

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Author James Payn
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Australia—Description and Travel; New Zealand—Description and Travel
Children; Childhood; Pregnancy; Childbirth; Child Rearing; Adoption; Child Labor
Education—Great Britain; Universities and Colleges; Schools
Emigration; Immigration; Expatriation
Ethics; Morals; Moral Development; Moral Education; Philosophy; Values
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Work; Work and Family; Occupations; Professions; Wages
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Chip: Small Change

26/1/1856

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Author Edmund Saul Dixon
Genre Prose: Snippet i
Subjects Africa, North—Description and Travel
Africa, North—Social Life and Customs
Economics
France—Colonies
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
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Author Reverend James White
Genre Prose: Digest; Review i
Subjects Crime; Criminals; Punishment; Capital Punishment; Prisons; Penal Transportation; Penal Colonies
Great Britain—History
Historiography; Archaeology; Genealogy; Archives
Law; Lawyers; Justice; Courts; Trials
Monarchy
Progress; Memory; Commemoration; Nostaliga; Time—Social Aspects; Time—Psychological Aspects; Time perception;
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From Robert Pitcairn, comp., Criminal Trials in Scotland, 1833. 

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Author Anon.
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subjects Death; Grief; Mourning; Mourning Customs in Literature; Funeral Rites and Ceremonies; Life Cycle, Human; Old Age; Mortality
Progress; Memory; Commemoration; Nostaliga; Time—Social Aspects; Time—Psychological Aspects; Time perception;
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Common Cookery

26/1/1856

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Authors Eliza Lynn Linton
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
Great Britain—Social Life and Customs
Home Economics—Great Britain
National Characteristics; Nationalism
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Military Fans

26/1/1856

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Author William Blanchard Jerrold
Genre Prose: Digest; Review i
Subject War; Battles; Peace; Military History; Weapons; Soldiers
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Charles C. Tevis, La Petite Guerre et le service des avant-postes, 1855. 

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Beef [i]

2/2/1856

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Author George Augustus Sala
Genres Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
France—Description and Travel
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Continued in 'Further Travels in Search of Beef', HW, XIII, No. 316.

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Author William Blanchard Jerrold
Genre Prose: Digest; Review i
Subjects Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
Russia—Description and Travel
Russia—History
War; Battles; Peace; Military History; Weapons; Soldiers
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Based on Alexander Pushkin, The Captain's Daughter (1836).

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P.N.C.C

2/2/1856

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Author James Payn
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Associations; Institutions; Clubs; Labor Unions
Country Life; Rural Conditions; Rural Conditions in Literature; Rural Development
Sports; Games; Leisure; Pleasure; Hunting; Horse Racing; Gambling; Duelling
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Author Charles Dickens
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Animals; Domestic Animals; Pets; Working Animals; Birds; Insects
Popular Culture; Amusements
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The great animal painter and later sculptor of the lions in Trafalgar Square, Sir Edwin Landseer, with whom Dickens had been on very friendly terms since about 1840, had evidently urged Dickens to draw attention to the inadequacy of the living space provided for the lion and lioness from Mozambique and South Africa that were among the animals at this time housed in the Carnivore Terrace (built 1843 and surmounted by a walkway) at Regent's Park.

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Author Adelaide Anne Procter
Genre Poetry: Other i
Subject Ethics; Morals; Moral Development; Moral Education; Philosophy; Values
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