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Trading in Death

27/11/1852

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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Subjects Commercial Products (Commodities); Material Culture; Shopping; Advertising
Great Britain—Social Life and Customs
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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The Duke of Wellington died on 14 September and his state Funeral took place on 18 November. It was planned on a more magnificent and elaborate scale than any previous such occasion in the nation's history and, given Dickens's detestation of costly and elaborate funeral ceremonies, it is not surprising that he reacted negatively to all this. 'I think it a grevious thing,' he wrote to Miss Burdett Coutts on 23 September, 'a relapse into semi-barbarous practices...a pernicious corruption of the popular mind, just beginning to awaken from the long dream of inconsistencies, monstrosities, horrors and ruinous expenses, that has beset all classes of society in connexion with Death' (Pilgrim, Vol. VI, pp. 764–5). In the same letter he expressed his belief that it would be useless to publish any remonstrance on the subject until the wave of public emotion had subsided. 

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Author Otto von Wenckstern
Genre Prose: Autobiography; Biography; Memoirs; Obituary; Anecdotes i
Subjects Germany—Description and Travel; Austria—Description and Travel
Germany—Politics and Government; Austria—Politics and Government
War; Battles; Peace; Military History; Weapons; Soldiers
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Author John Capper
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Fashion; Fashion History; Clothing and Dress; Millinery; Textile Crafts; Textile Design; Cotton; Cotton Manufacture
Great Britain—Commerce
Manufacturing processes; Manufacturing; Factories; Factory Management; Industrial Waste
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Cogswell's

27/11/1852

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Author William Moy Thomas
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
Great Britain—Social Life and Customs
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Authors Henry Morley
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subjects Fraud; Forgery; Deception; Betrayal—Fiction
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
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Author William Sweetland Dallas
Genre Prose: Essay i
Subject Natural Sciences (Astronomy / Botany / Geology / Natural History / Oceanography / Paleontology / Zoology)
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Author Henry G. Wreford
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Italy—Description and Travel
Italy—Social Life and Customs
Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
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27/11/1852

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Subjects Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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