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	   By Ledger and Abrahams.
incompatibility of temper alluded to in his
published letters and more.          That he is very
�fast� generally, saves no money, has been again
and again in danger of arrest for debt.           That
ordinarily he is a silent observer, but can be,
of course, the most delightful of hosts and com-
panions.     That he writes principally at night.
His is a late house; you would go, says Abra-
hams, to it at noon and find the footman in
his morning dress, the breakfast or supper things
about.     Abrahams claims to have written from
Dickens� dictation.        The father (he asserts) with-
drew his son�s name from the Garrick club, where
he had entered it, in consequence of the son�s es-
pousing his mother�s cause.        Thus Abrahams,
whom Cahill accuses of a certain weakness for
lying.       Now Ledger.     He speaks of the intimacy
between Dickens and his sister-in-law as
an accredited scandal, as of his general fastness
and extravagance.      He has seen him, dining
the meeting at Covent Garden or Drury Lane,
when Dickens alluded to Palmerston as the �comic
old gentleman.     He was then got up in a blue
coat with brass buttons, a double-breasted red-
velvet waistcoat, light striped casimere trou-
sers, a profusion of chains and rings and a
good deal of hair!                  That he commits               
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