Frederick Dickens

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Frederick William Dickens (August 1820 – October 20, 1868) was the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens and was Charles Dickens' younger brother, who lived with Charles when he moved on to Furnival's Inn in 1834. He was the inspiration for Fred, the dissolute brother of Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop.Peter Ackroyd 'Dickens' Published by Sinclair-Stevenson (1990) pg 266

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While Fred was a child and a youth Charles Dickens often described him as his favourite brother, showing great concern for his welfare. As a boy Fred attended a school in Hampstead with his brother Alfred Dickens for two years, until his father John Dickens could no longer afford the fees. At the end of the school day the boys would be collected by their older brother, Charles. On 20 February 1824 John Dickens was imprisoned in the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison for debt under the Insolvent Debtor's Act of 1813, because he owed a baker, James Kerr, £40 and 10 shillings.Darlington, Ida (1955) ", Survey of London, Volume 25: St George's Fields (The parishes of St. George the Martyr Southwark and St. Mary Newington), pp. 9–21 says he was imprisoned for £10. John...
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