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Christmas in India

21/12/1850

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Author Joachim Heyward Siddons
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Occasional (Christmas Story; article in Christmas or New Year Number, &c) i
Prose: Report i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Asia—Description and Travel
Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Great Britain—Colonies—Description and Travel
India—Description and Travel
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
Religion—Hinduism
Religion—Islam
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Authors Charles Dickens
Robert McCormick
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Occasional (Christmas Story; article in Christmas or New Year Number, &c) i
Prose: Report i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Explorers and Exploration; Wilderness Survival; Survival; Adventure and Adventurers
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
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Dickens probably wrote the following portions of 'Christmas in the Frozen Regions': from the opening to 'FRANKLIN'S name' (p. 307); from 'From that solitude' (p. 308) to the conclusion.
Dickens seems also to have gone over other sections of the essay and to have made occasional emendations. For example, the paragraph beginning 'Thus ended our Christmas holidays' (p. 308) reads as though it had been touched here and there by Dickens.
Dickens was fascinated by the 'frozen regions' and this fascination often enters his writings. He once contemplated setting a novel in a solitude of ice and snow, and for a while the idea of living in such a fastness obsessed him. In this edition his interest in such regions is best exemplified by this essay and by 'The Lost Arctic Voyagers.'
The Contributors' Book indicates that 'Christmas in the Frozen Regions' was written by Dickens and 'Dr. Cormack.' It is clear, however, that 'Dr. Cormack' should be Dr. Robert McCormick (1800-1890). McCormick was surgeon aboard the Erebus during Sir James Clark Ross's antarctic expedition of 1839-1843, the expedition described in the article. In 1884, McCormick published Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and Round the World, a two-volume work based upon his journals. At the end of this work he included a long 'Autobiography,' also based, in part, upon his journals. In the latter work, under the entry 4 December 1850, he wrote: 'Having written an article on 'Christmas Day at the South Pole,' which my friend [Frederick Knight] Hunt, the editor of the Daily News, asked me for, as a contribution to the Christmas number of Household Words, for Charles Dickens, I took it to him, when it was at once sent to press, and appeared in that number.'
McCormick's journals, as quoted in Voyages of Discovery, confirm the details given in 'Christmas in the Frozen Regions.' When the Erebus left New Zealand in November, its decks were crowded with oxen, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry. By the end of December, these provisions were largely depleted, but an ox and a goose remained for Christmas dinner. McCormick's entry for 25 December 1841 reads in part: 'Although surrounded by ice, and having been some time at sea, we managed to provide a very fair dinner on the occasion, roast goose and plenty of fresh meat.' Christmas day had begun dark and gloomy, but in the afternoon the weather cleared and the Erebus saw its sister ship, the Terror. 'The Terror appeared beset behind a most remarkable berg, having two cupola-shaped hummocks on its summit, which we christened the 'Christmas berg.' I took two sketches of it, giving one to Captain Ross'. The subsequent account of Christmas and New Year's also, follows McCormick's journals.
'Christmas in the Frozen Regions' appeared in a regular issue of Household Words, an issue denominated 'The Christmas Number.' The issue began with 'A Christmas Tree' by Dickens and continued with pieces such as 'Christmas in Lodgings,' 'Christmas Among the London Poor and Sick,' and 'Christmas in India.' The article immediately following 'Christmas in the Frozen Regions' was an antipodal piece entitled 'Christmas Day in the Bush'; it opened with a 'burning Christmas eve' and went on to describe a torrid Christmas day spent in the 'burning sun.' It seems clear from this and from McCormick's remarks in his 'Autobiography' that Dickens sought out 'Christmas in the Frozen Regions' as part of a calculated contrast; it also seems clear that he renamed the article and added the sections not based upon McCormick's journals (see attributions in first paragraph above). The 21 December 1850 issue of Household Words was the only regular Christmas number of the magazine. In 1851, Dickens inaugurated the extra Christmas numbers of Household Words. See headnote to The Seven Poor Travellers.

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

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Author Samuel Sidney
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Occasional (Christmas Story; article in Christmas or New Year Number, &c) i
Prose: Report i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Australia—Description and Travel; New Zealand—Description and Travel
Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Emigration; Immigration; Expatriation
Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
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Author Richard H. Horne
Genre Poetry: Occasional (Christmas, &c.) i
Subjects Children; Childhood; Pregnancy; Childbirth; Child Rearing; Adoption; Child Labor
Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Music; Musical Instruments; Songs; Singing; Opera
People with Disabilities; Human Body—Social Aspects; Human Bodies in Literature
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Advertisements

21/12/1850

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Genre Advertisement(s) i
Subject Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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Advertisement for the Household Narrative of Current Events.
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Authors Charles Dickens
Henry Morley
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Digest; Review i
Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Education—Europe; Universities and Colleges; Schools
Education—Great Britain; Universities and Colleges; Schools
National Characteristics; Nationalism
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Dickens probably wrote the following portions of 'Mr. Bendigo Buster on Our National Defences Against Education': from 'Whereas, go into any' to 'I call it Prussian' (p. 314); the paragraph beginning 'Here's a pretty coil' (p. 317); the paragraph beginning 'It is the same' (p. 318).
Dickens may also have retouched or added to the following sections: from the opening to 'with a will' (p. 313); from 'but I consider pauperism' to 'knock 'em down' (p. 314); from 'What I say of a boy' to 'that's the jockey to manage children!' (p. 315); the paragraph beginning 'That's the machine' (p. 316); from 'I say no more' (p. 318) to the conclusion.
In addition, Dickens seems to have emended many other passages.
Of this piece Dickens wrote to Wills on 12 December 1850: 'This proof of Morley's, when corrected, will require to be very carefully looked to. I had better go over it myself. I can't make out whether he means Mr. Buster to be actually a prize-fighter, or a person in the position of a gentleman with prizefighting tastes. I have adopted the latter hypothesis, as involving less inconsistency and incongruity.' It is not clear whether Dickens had already made alterations in the article and wished new proof, or whether he was referring to revisions he contemplated making. In any case, a subsequent letter to Wills written that afternoon seems to indicate that he reworked the article later that day. The second letter [...] now in the Huntington Library, states that he was sending the altered paper directly on to Wills' home.
'Bendigo' was the nickname of William Thompson, a famous pugilist who achieved his most notable victories in 1850.

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


Mostly from Joseph Kay, The Social Condition and Education of the People in England and Europe (1850).

See also 'Mr. Bendigo Buster on the Model Cottages', Household Words, III, No. 67.

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Authors Christopher Hill
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genre Prose: Sketch i
Subjects Commercial Products (Commodities); Material Culture; Shopping; Advertising
Railroads
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Author Richard H. Horne
Genre Prose: Snippet i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
Great Britain—Armed Forces; Militias
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Authors Charles Strange
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genre Prose: Snippet i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
Public Health; Sanitation; Water
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Genre Prose: Letters; Correspondence i
Subjects Accidents; Accident Victims—Fiction; Fires; Search and Rescue Operations; Natural Disasters; Disasters; Disaster Relief
Energy; Fuel; Gas; Coal; Peat
Industries; Industrial Revolution—Great Britain; Industrialization; Industrial Safety; Industrial Laws and Legislation; Industrial Welfare; Industrial Relations;
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New Year's Eve

28/12/1850

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Author George Meredith
Genre Poetry: Occasional (Christmas, &c.) i
Subject Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
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Author Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Education—Great Britain; Universities and Colleges; Schools
Ethics; Morals; Moral Development; Moral Education; Philosophy; Values
Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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The Chords of Love

28/12/1850

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Author Mr. [?] Harper
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subjects Death; Grief; Mourning; Mourning Customs in Literature; Funeral Rites and Ceremonies; Life Cycle, Human; Old Age; Mortality
Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Author Henry Morley
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Public Health; Sanitation; Water
Supernatural; Superstition; Spiritualism; Clairvoyance; Mesmerism; Ghosts; Fairies; Witches; Magic; Occultism
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Advertisements

28/12/1850

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Genre Advertisement(s) i
Subject Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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Advertisement for the Household Narrative of Current Events.
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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Progress; Memory; Commemoration; Nostaliga; Time—Social Aspects; Time—Psychological Aspects; Time perception;
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In this piece Dickens seizes the opportunity both to mock political sloganeering in general and to remind his readers of particular scandals of the previous year. The Old Year's words, 'I have been a Year of Ruin...I have been a Year of Commercial Prosperity' look forward to the famous opening of A Tale of Two Cities [AYR, Vol. I, 30 April] (1859): 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....' Turning to particularities, Dickens mocks the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers (est. 1847), which had decreed the abolition of all cesspits with the catastrophic result that London's sewage was now discharged direct into the Thames. The Commissioners were able to resist the General Board of Health's plans (drawn up by Edwin Chadwick) for a total reorganisation of London's water-supply and drainage system because the metropolis was specifically excluded from the Board's remit.

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Author William Howitt
Genre Prose: Occasional (Christmas Story; article in Christmas or New Year Number, &c) i
Subjects Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Family Life; Families; Domestic Relations; Sibling Relations; Kinship; Home;
Great Britain—Commerce
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
National Characteristics; Nationalism
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Author Miss [?] Siddons
Genre Poetry: Narrative i
Subjects Christmas; New Year; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations
Nature; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature in Literature; Landscapes
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Author Percival Leigh
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Energy; Fuel; Gas; Coal; Peat
Great Britain—Colonies—Commerce
Ireland—Description and Travel
Physical Sciences (Chemistry / Earth Sciences / Geography / Mathematics / Metallurgy / Physics)
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Author Thomas Satchell
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects India—Description and Travel
Natural Sciences (Astronomy / Botany / Geology / Natural History / Oceanography / Paleontology / Zoology)
Nature; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature in Literature; Landscapes
Travel; Tourism; Hotels; Resorts; Seaside Resorts—Fiction; Passports;
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