Charles was the second of eight children to John Dickens —a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, and his wife Elizabeth Dickens —
Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Lamb was the youngest child, with a sister 11 years older named Mary and an even older brother named John; there were four others who did not survive infancy.
Lamb created a portrait of his father in his "Elia on the Old Benchers" under the name Lovel.
Lamb was also cared for by his paternal aunt Hetty, who seems to have had a particular fondness for him. A number of writings by both Charles and Mary suggest that the conflict between Aunt Hetty and her sister-in-law created a certain degree of tension in the Lamb household.
However, Charles speaks fondly of her and her presence in the house seems to have brought a great deal of comfort to him. A picture of these visits can be glimpsed in the Elia essay Blakesmoor in H—shire. Why, every plank and panel of that house for me had magic in it.
The tapestried bed-rooms — tapestry so much better than painting — not adorning merely, but peopling the wainscots — at which childhood ever and anon would steal a look, shifting its coverlid replaced as quickly to exercise its tender courage in a momentary eye-encounter with those stern bright visages, staring reciprocally — all Ovid on the walls, in colours vivider than his descriptions.
It is believed that he suffered from smallpox during his early years, which forced him into a long period of convalescence. After this period of recovery Lamb began to take lessons from Mrs Reynolds, a woman who lived in the Temple and is believed to have been the former wife of a lawyer.
Mrs Reynolds must have been a sympathetic schoolmistress because Lamb maintained a relationship with her throughout his life and she is known to have attended dinner parties held by Mary and Charles in the s.
His friends lived in town, and were near at hand; and he had the privilege of going to see them, almost as often as he wished, through some invidious distinction, which was denied to us. The upper master i. While Coleridge and other scholarly boys were able to go on to Cambridge, Lamb left school at fourteen and was forced to find a more prosaic career.
Charles would continue to work there for 25 years, until his retirement with pension the "superannuation" he refers to in the title of one essay.
In while tending to his grandmother, Mary Field, in Hertfordshire, Charles Lamb fell in love with a young woman named Ann Simmons.
Although no epistolary record exists of the relationship between the two, Lamb seems to have spent years wooing her. Miss Simmons also appears in several Elia essays under the name "Alice M".
Miss Simmons eventually went on to marry a silversmith and Lamb called the failure of the affair his "great disappointment". Family tragedy[ edit ] Both Charles and his sister Mary suffered a period of mental illness. As he himself confessed in a letter, Charles spent six weeks in a mental facility during Coleridge, I know not what suffering scenes you have gone through at Bristol.Today in Christian History (Daily) A The year-old lawyer Charles Grandison Finney had decided he must settle the question of his soul's salvation.
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Charles Dickens (Charles John Huffam Dickens) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, Charles was the second of eight children to John Dickens (–), a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, and his wife Elizabeth Dickens (–).
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