Charles Dickens Detailed Timeline.

Charles Dickens Detailed Timeline. 2018-05-06T17:37:16+00:00
The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.

Missing a date? if you know of any movements not covered here we would welcome letting us know, along with a reference to any source material so we can try to fill in the gaps.

 

1785.

  • August (21). John Dickens was born in London, the son of William Dickens and Elizabeth Ball.

1789.

  • December (21). Elizabeth Barrow is born, the daughter of Charles Barrow and Mary Culliford.

1809.

1810.

1812.

May (11). Tory Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated.

1814.

  • March. Alfred Dickens born. He died in September of the same year.

1815.

1816.

  • April. Letitia Dickens (1816 – 1893) born.

1817.

1818.

 

1819.

August (16). Peterloo massacre in Manchester.
  • September. Harriet Dickens (1819 – 1822) born.

1820.

  • John Dickens writes a story for The Times.
  • Frederick Dickens (1820 – 1868) born.
February (23). Cato Street Conspiracy. A plot to kill the whole cabinet of government is thwarted and the conspirators arrested.

1821.

1822.

  • The Dickens family moves to Bayham Street in Camden Town, London.
  • Alfred Dickens (1822 – 1860) born.

1823.

1824.

1825.

1826.

  • Charles’s studies continue at Wellington House Academy, but his family’s financial situation worsens and makes the costs of schooling for Fanny and Charles increasingly unbearable.

1827.

  • March. Dickens family are evicted for non-payment of rates.
  • Dickens leaves Wellington House Academy.
  • Starts work as a solicitor’s clerk at Gray’s Inn, London.
  • Augustus Dickens (1827 – 1858) born.

1828.

  • The Dickens family moves back to lodgings above a grocer’s shop at Norfolk Street.

1829.

1830.

  • February (8). Eighteenth birthday. Dickens admitted as reader to British Museum.
  • May. Dickens meets Maria Beadnell, his first love interest.
May (30). World’s first regular passenger train service begins, linking Canterbury to Whitstable, powered by Robert Stephenson’s Invicta steam locomotive.

1831.

  • Dickens works as a parliamentary reporter.

1832.

1833.

July (26). The Slavery Abolition Bill is passed by Parliament. It leads to the eventual outlawing of slavery throughout the British Empire.

1834.

October (16). Houses of Parliament destroyed by fire.

1835.

1836.

1837.

June (20). Victoria becomes became Queen of the United Kingdom.

1838.

September (17). London to Birmingham line opens and the railway boom begins.

1839.

1840.

January (10). A new national postal service with a universal rate, the penny post, begins. The first stamps go on sale a few months later.
  • January (14). Dickens attends an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.
  • February (29, Saturday). Dickens, along with friends John Forster and Daniel Maclise, travel to Bath by coach, departing London at 9.30am and arriving in the evening just before 8pm, after a lunch stop at 2pm. The party stay over at the York House hotel.
  • March (1, Sunday). In Bath. Dickens visits his friend Walter Savage Landor for dinner. Writes to his wife Catherine, from Landor’s house at 35, St. James Square.
  • March (2, Monday). In Bath.
  • March (3, Tuesday). In Bath.
  • March (4, Wednesday). Evening. Travels from Bath to London, returning to the family home the following morning.
  • April. The Old Curiosity Shop is published weekly between April 1840 and February 1841.
  • July (6). Dickens, along with William Makepeace Thackeray, attend the public hanging of François Benjamin Courvoisier outside Newgate Prison. A crowd of around 40,000 witness the execution.

1841.

  • February. Barnaby Rudge. is published weekly between February and November.
  • February (8). Their fourth child, Walter Savage Landor Dickens, is born.
  • June. Dickens attends a public dinner in his honour at Edinburgh.
  • Summer. Charles and Catherine tour Scotland.

1842.

  • January (2). Charles and Catherine travel to Liverpool, staying the night at the Adelphi Hotel in preparation for their journey to America.
  • January (3). Charles and Catherine depart from Liverpool on the steamship SS Britannia to America.
  • January (22). Arrives Boston.
  • February (2). Visited mills at Lowell, Massachusetts.
  • February (13). Arrives New York by boat.
  • February (14). Ball at Park Theatre in honour of Dickens, attended by 3,000 people.
  • March (2). Visits Tombs Prison and Public Department.
  • March (6). Arrives Philadelphia.
  • March (10). Visited Capitol and White House.
  • March (13). Dinner at the White House.
  • March (29). Arrives Pittsburgh.
  • April (4). Arrives Cincinnati.
  • April (10). Arrives St Louis.
  • April 26 – May 3: Niagara Falls.
  • May 4- 29: Visits Canada.
  • June (7). Departs America for England, sailing in the George Washington from New York.
June (22). Mines Act bans children under 10 from working in mines and females from working underground.
  • June (29). Returns to Liverpool and departs for London.
  • August (1). The Dickens family leave London to spend the summer in Broadstairs. Stays there two months.
August (29). The Treaty of Nanking is signed, ending the First Opium War (1839–42) between the United Kingdom and China, and ceding Hong Kong to the British Empire.
  • December (6). Charles and Catherine visit the St. John’s home of the poet and friend Thomas Hood, along with friend and painter Daniel Maclise.

1843.

1844.

  • January (6). A pirated version of A Christmas Carol appears.
  • January (8). Dickens issues proceedings for an injunction against the publishers Lee and Haddock.
  • January (10). Injunction against the publishers Lee and Haddock issued.
  • January (11). Injunctions against the four other publishers for pirated versions of A Christmas Carol.
  • January (18). Publishers Lee and Haddok attempt to overturn the injunction against them at a hearing at Westminster Hall. It is thrown out.
  • February (5). Edward Stirling’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol opens at Adelphi Theatre.
  • February (26). Travels to Liverpool with his sister, Fanny and brother-in-law. Gives a speech at the Mechanics’ Institution.
  • February (28). Travels by train to Birmingham. Gives a speech in aid of the Birmingham Polytechnic Institution at the Town Hall. Stays over at Dee’s Royal Hotel in Temple Row.
  • April (4). Dickens stays over at York to attend a funeral the following day.
  • April (5). Dickens takes an early morning coach to Malton to attend the funeral of his friend Charles Smithson.
  • Dickens’s fifth child, Francis Jeffrey (Frank) is born.
  • Dickens and family travel to Italy for an extended stay.
  • December (2). Gives a private reading of The Chimes at John Forster’s house.

1845.

  • Summer. Works on a production of Every Man in his Humour.
September. Irish potato famine begins. It is estimated that about a million people died during the four-year famine and led to the emigration of a further million people.

1846.

  • January (21). The Daily News first published.
  • February (9). Dickens resigns as editor of the The Daily News.
  • April (21). Alfred D’Orsay Tennyson, baptized at the church of St. Mary Marylebone.
  • May (31). Dickens and his family set off for Switzerland.
  • June (11). The Dickens family stay at the Villa Rosemont just outside Lausanne, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
June (30). Prime Minister Robert Peel resigns after the Corn Laws are repealed.
  • October. Dombey and Son is published monthly between October 1846 and April 1848.
  • November (16). Family leave Villa Rosemont and head for France.
  • November (20). Dickens family arrive in Paris, initially staying at the Hotel Brighton and later renting a house at No. 48 Rue de Courcelles.

1847.

  • February (28). Return from Paris.
  • March. Charles and Catherine Dickens return to London. Rents a house at 1 Chester Place, Regents Park from March – June.
  • April (3). Withdraws Charley from King’s College School due to outbreak of Scarlet Fever.
  • April (18). Dickens’s seventh child, Sydney Smith Haldimand, is born at Chester Place.
  • June (27). Sydney Smith Haldimand baptized at the church of St. Mary in Marylebone.
  • July (28). Appears at Theatre Royal Liverpool as a performer in an amateur performance of Every Man In His Humour.
  • November. Urania Cottage opens.
  • December (1, Wednesday). Dickens chairs the annual meeting of the Leeds Mechanics’ Institution, held at the Music Hall, Leeds. Also in attendance is the engineer George Stephenson.
  • December (28, Tuesday). Dickens is guest at the opening of the Glasgow Athenaeum, giving an address to a crowd of 3,000 at the City Hall.

1848.

  • May (15). Dickens manages and performs at a charity night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in aid of Shakespeare’s House at Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • June (5). Appears in charity performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Liverpool.
  • June (27). Appears in charity performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham.
  • September (2). Dickens’ beloved older sister, Fanny, dies.
  • November (27). Stays at Bedford Hotel, Brighton.
  • November (28). Stays at Bedford Hotel, Brighton.
  • December. The Haunted Man, Dickens last Christmas book is published.

1849.

  • January (7). Sets off for a short holiday with Mark Lemon and John Leech, travelling to Norwich. Visits Norwich Cathedral and Stanfield Hall. The party then depart for Yarmouth, staying two days at the Royal Hotel.
  • January (8). In Yarmouth. Walks to Lowestoft and back.
  • January (9). Departs Yarmouth. Returns to London, via Cambridge.
  • January (16). Dickens’s eighth child, Henry Fielding Dickens, is born.
  • March (18, Monday). In the evening, Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon are victims of an attempted robbery whilst walking along Edgware Road. They give chase and manage to apprehend the culprit.
  • March (19, Tuesday). Dickens and Mark Lemon attend Marylebone Police Court to hear the case of the attempted robbery the previous night.
  • May. David Copperfield is published monthly between May 1849 and November 1850.
  • June (16, Monday). Visits Isle of Wight. Agrees use of Winterbourne House in Bonchurch,. Writes from Shanklin to tell his daughter, Kate.
  • July – October. The Dickens family spend three months in Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.
  • November (13). Dickens attends the execution of the Mannings at Horsemonger Lane Gaol. Writes a strongly worded letter to The Times newspaper later that day.
  • November (27). Dickens visits Rockingham Castle.
  • December (27). Dickens resigns his membership of the Garrick Club (for a second time).

1850.

1851.

May (1). The Great Exhibition opens at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.

1852.

February (14). Great Ormond Street Hospital opens in London.

1853.

  • January (13, Thursday). Dickens attends a literary and artistic banquet, held in Birmingham.
  • April (20, Wednesday). Dickens attends a dinner at Devonshire House (London), hosted by the Duke of Devonshire, to support the Guild of Literature and Art.
  • June (16, Thursday). Puts on a benefit performance in support of the actress Miss Kelly’s (held at St. James’s Theatre ??).
  • Dickens tours Italy.
October. Outbreak of the Crimean War, initially between Russia and Turkey.

1854.

March (27). Britain joins the Crimean War.
August (31). Severe outbreak of cholera in Soho area of London that goes on to kill 616 people. Physician John Snow discovers the disease is spread by contaminated water.

1855.

  • Dickens has a disappointing reunion with Maria Winter (Maria Beadnell).
  • June (27). Gives a speech on administrative reform at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.
  • July – Sept. Rents a house overlooking the sea in Folkestone at 3 Albion Villas.
  • October (16) . Dickens rents the top of a house at No. 49, Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris for six months for him and his family.
  • December. Little Dorrit is published monthly between December 1855 and June 1857.
  • December (22). Gives a reading of A Christmas Carol in aid of the Sheffield Mechanics Institute.

1856.

March (30). The Treaty of Paris is signed, marking the end of the Crimean War.

1857.

May (10). Members of the Bengal army mutiny in India.

1858.

August (2). Government of India Act is passed. The East India Company, the de-facto rulers of India, lose control to the British Crown.
  • August (12, Thursday). Appears at the Music Hall, Shrewsbury. Gives a reading of A Christmas Carol.
  • August, 18 (Wednesday). Dickens gives the first of four performances in Liverpool, held in the Philharmonic Hall at 8pm. Reads A Christmas Carol.
  • August, 19 (Thursday). Second of four performances in Liverpool, held in the Philharmonic Hall at 8pm. Reads the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son.
  • August, 20 (Friday). Third of four performances in Liverpool, held in the Philharmonic Hall at 8pm. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • August, 21 (Saturday). Last of four performances in Liverpool, held in the Philharmonic Hall at 3pm. Reads A Christmas Carol. After the performance he travels to Holyhead to take an overnight ferry to Dublin.
  • August (22, Sunday). Dickens arrivies in Dublin for a tour of Ireland. Whilst in the city he stays at the Morrison’s Hotel, Nassau Street.
  • August (27, Friday). Takes a train from Dublin to Belfast. In the evening, Dickens gives his first Belfast performance at the Victoria Hall with a reading from A Christmas Carol.
  • August (28, Saturday). In the morning Dickens takes a walk from Belfast to Carrickfergus and back. Returns to give an afternoon reading of the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son. In the evening he gives another public performance, with readings from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • August (30, Monday). Travels from Belfast to Cork. Gives a reading of A Christmas Carol at 8pm at the Atheneum.
  • August (31, Tuesday). Cork. Gives two more public readings at the Atheneum, at 1.30pm and at 8pm.
  • September (1, Wednesday). Travels to Limerick, final stop in his tour of Ireland. Stays at the Royal Hotel and performs for two nights at the Theatre Royal.
  • September (2, Thursday). Limerick. Writes from the Royal Hotel to his nephew describing the success of his readings in Dublin, Belfast and Cork.
  • September (4, Saturday). Dickens is back at home in Gads Hill, Kent.
  • September (17, Friday). Reading at the Old Music Hall, Sheffield.
  • September (24, Friday). First of three readings in Newcastle, held at the Town Hall. At 8pm, Dickens gives a reading of A Christmas Carol.
  • September (25, Saturday). Two further readings in Newcastle, held at the Town Hall. In the afternoon (3pm), Dickens gave a reading of the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son. In the evening (at 8pm), he gives another public performance, with readings from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (1, Friday). First of two nights of readings in Dundee, held at the Public Hall of the Corn Exchange. Reads from A Christmas Carol.
  • October (2, Saturday). Second of two nights of readings in Dundee, held at the Public Hall of the Corn Exchange. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (3, Sunday). Stays at the Royal Hotel, Aberdeen.
  • October (4, Monday). Gives readings at John Marr’s Music Saloon.
  • October (14, Thursday). Gives a reading at St. Georges Hall, Bradford. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (15, Friday). Returns to Liverpool, giving two performances at the Philharmonic Halls. In the afternoon (3pm), Dickens gave a reading of the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son. In the evening (at 8pm), he gives another public performance, with readings from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (18, Monday). First of three nights of readings at the Music Hall, Birmingham. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (19, Tuesday). Second of three nights of readings at the Music Hall, Birmingham. Reads the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son.
  • October (20, Wednesday). Final night of readings at the Music Hall, Birmingham. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (21, Thursday). Returns to the Nottingham Mechanics’ Institution, giving readings including A Christmas Carol.
  • October (22, Friday). Gives reading in Derby, held at the Mechanics’ Institute Lecture Hall at 8pm. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (28, Thursday). Gives reading in Leeds, performing from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • October (29, Friday). Gives reading in Sheffield, held at the Music Hall. Reads the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.
  • November (2, Tuesday). Gives two readings at the Music Hall in Leamington Spa. In the afternoon reads from A Christmas Carol and in the evening performs readings from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • November (3, Wednesday). Gives reading in Wolverhampton, held at the Corn Exchange. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit. Stays at the Swan Hotel.
  • November (4, Thursday). Gives reading in Leicester, held at the New Music Hall. Reads from A Christmas Carol.
  • November (8, Monday). Gives a reading at the New Hall, Reading. Reads the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.
  • November (9, Tuesday). Gives the first of two readings in Southampton with an evening (8pm) performance at the Royal Victoria Assembly Rooms. Reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit. Stays at the Royal Hotel, Southampton.
  • November (10, Wednesday). Second of two readings in Southampton with a daytime (3pm) performance at the Royal Victoria Assembly Rooms. Reads from A Christmas Carol. Stays at the Royal Hotel, Southampton.
  • November (11, Thursday). Gives two readings at St. George’s Hall in Portsea. In the daytime (3pm), reads from A Christmas Carol. In the evening (8pm) reads from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • November (12, Friday). Gives first of three readings in Brighton. Reads from A Christmas Carol at the Town Hall, 8pm.
  • November (13, Saturday). Gives two further readings in Brighton at the Town Hall. In the afternoon (3pm), Dickens reads the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son. In the evening (8pm) he gives readings from The Poor Traveller, The Boots at the Hollytree Inn, and the Mrs. Gamp episode from Martin Chuzzlewit. The readings bring the 1858 national tour to an end.
  • November (20, Saturday). London. Working at Household Words, Wellington Street.
  • December (3). Dickens gives a speech at the annual meeting of the Institutional Association of Lancashire and Cheshire, held in the Free-trade Hall, Manchester.
  • December (4). Dickens attends a dinner in his honour at the Castle Hotel, Coventry.

1859.

  • April (30, Saturday). Launch of All the Year Round, a weekly magazine founded and owned by Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities is published weekly between April and November.
  • May (28, Saturday). Final edition of Household Words is published.
  • October (17 – 28). Short Reading Tour.
  • October (17, Monday). Cambridge.
  • October (18, Tuesday). Cambridge.

1860.

1861.

April (12-13). The American Civil War begins following the bombardment of Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina by the Confederate States Army, and the return gunfire and subsequent surrender by the United States Army.
  • May (22). Dickens hires a steamer for the day from Blackwall to Southend. Eight or nine friends, and three or four members of his family, were on board.
  • August (3). Last installment of Great Expectations is published in All the Year Round.
  • August. Great Expectations published in volume form.
  • November (7, Thursday). First of three readings in Brighton, held at the Town Hall at 8pm.
  • November (8, Friday). Second of three readings in Brighton, held at the Town Hall at 8pm.
  • November (9, Saturday). Third of three readings in Brighton, held at the Pavillion at 3pm.
  • November (19). Charles Culliford Dickens marries Bessie Evans at St. Mark’s Church in Regent’s Park.
  • November (21, Thursday). First of three nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens gives reading of six chapters from David Copperfield.
  • November (22, Friday). Second of three nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens gives readings from Nicholas Nickleby and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.
  • November (23, Saturday). Last of three nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens gives a reading of the story of Little Paul from Dombey and Son and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.
  • December. Dickens gives a charitable reading for the  Chatham Mechanics’ Institute.
December (14). Queen Victoria‘s husband, Prince Albert, dies aged 42.

1862.

1863.

January (10). World’s first underground railway opens in London when the Metropolitan Railway starts services between Paddington and Farringdon.
  • January. Gives charity readings at the British Embassy in Paris.
  • June. Gives public readings in London.
  • Dickens’ mother, Elizabeth, dies.
  • Dickens reconciles his friendship with William Makepeace Thackeray at the Athenaeum club.
  • December (31). His son, Walter, dies in Calcutta, India.

1864.

  • January. Dickens receives the news of the death of his son, Walter, dies in India.
  • April (12). Gives a speech in support of free health care for the poor, held at the Willis’s Rooms, London.
  • May. Our Mutual Friend is published monthly between May 1864 and November 1865. The first part contains what is now Book 1, Chapters 1-4 in volume form.
  • June. Second part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 5-7).
  • July. Third part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 8-10).
  • August. Fourth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 11-13).
  • September. Fifth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 14-17).
  • October. Sixth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 1-3).
  • November. Seventh part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 4-6).
  • December. Eighth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 7-10).

1865.

May (9). The American Civil War is declared at an end by President Andrew Johnson.

1866.

  • Dickens undertakes a three-month national reading tour.

1867.

  • January – May. Dickens undertakess new series of 50 provincial readings, starting at Liverpool.
  • January (17). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.
  • January (18). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.
  • January (19). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.
  • January (26). Takes the 09.35 Midland train from Leicester to London. Dickens is so horrified at the furious motion of the train that he disembarks at Bedford. Subsequently writes a letter to The Times (published on 29 January).
  • February (8, Friday). First of two readings in Bath, held in the evening at the Assembly Rooms.
  • February (9, Saturday). Second of two readings in Bath, held in the morning at the Assembly Rooms.
  • February (13, Wednesday). Gives a reading at the Town Hall in Birmingham. Reads from A Christmas Carol and The Boy at Mugby.
  • March (4, Monday). First of two nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.
  • March (5, Tuesday). Second of two nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens read from A Christmas Carol and also ‘Bob Sawyer’s Party’ from The Pickwick Papers.
  • March (14, Thursday). Takes a 2pm ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Stays at the Shelbourne Hotel in the city.
  • March (15, Friday). Dublin.
  • March (16, Saturday). Dublin.
  • March (17, Sunday). Dublin.
  • March (21, Thursday). Belfast.
  • March (28). Cambridge.
  • March (29). Norwich.
  • April (1). London.
  • April (4). Gives readings at Swansea.
  • May (14). Dickens ends his reading tour after suffering from pain and swelling in his left foot.
  • June (5). Gives a speech in support of Ninth Anniversary Festival of the Railway Benevolent Society, held at the Willis’s Rooms, London.
  • September (18, Wednesday). Dickens chairs a meeting of the Printers’ Readers, held at the Salisbury Hotel, London.
  • November (2). Dinner held for Charles Dickens at the Freemasons’ Tavern to celebrate his second visit to America.
  • November (8, Friday). Leaves London, getting a 10am express train for Liverpool, accompanied by his eldest son and several close friends.
  • November (9). Dickens tours America for the second time, sailing for Boston from Liverpool, departing at noon.
  • November (19). Arrives in Boston.
  • December (2/3/5/6) Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.
  • December (7). Travels from Boston to New York.
  • December ( 9/10/12/13/16/17/19/20) Gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.
  • December (21). Travels from New York to Boston.
  • December (23/24). Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.
  • December (25). Travels by rail from Boston to New York.
  • December ( 26/27/28/30/31) Gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.
  • December (26). In England, No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, opens at Adelphi Theatre.

1868.

  • January (2/3) Gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.
  • January (6/7). Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.
  • January (9/10) Gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.
  • January (13/14) Gives readings at the Concert Hall, Philadelphia.
  • January (16/17/20/21)) Gives readings at the Plymouth Church, Brooklyn.
  • January (23/24) Gives readings at the Concert Hall, Philadelphia.
  • January (27/28) Gives readings at the Concordia Opera House, Baltimore.
  • January (30/31) Gives readings at the Concert Hall, Philadelphia.
  • February (3). Gives readings at Carroll Hall, Washington and speak. Event is attended by President Andrew Johnson.
  • February (4/6/7). Gives further readings at Carroll Hall, Washington.
  • February (7). Dickens meets with President Andrew Johnson at the White House.
  • February (10/11). Gives readings at the Concordia Opera House, Baltimore.
  • February (13/14). Gives readings at the Concert Hall, Philadelphia.
  • February (18). Gives readings at the Allyn Hall, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • February (20/21). Gives readings at the City Hall, Providence, R.I..
  • February (24/25/27/28). Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.
  • March (9). Gives readings at the Wieting Hall, Syracuse.
  • March (10). Gives readings at the Corinthian Hall, Rochester.
  • March (12/13). Gives readings at the St James’s Hall, Buffalo.
  • March (14/15). Visits Niagara Falls.
  • March (16). Gives readings at the Corinthian Hall, Rochester.
  • March (18/19). Gives readings at the Twiddle Hall, Albany, New York state.
  • March (20). Gives readings at the Music Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • March (23). Gives readings at the Mechanics’ Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • March (24). Gives readings at the Music Hall, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • March (25). Gives readings at the Allyn Hall, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • March (27). Gives readings at the Liberty Hall, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • March (30). Gives readings at the City Hall, Portland.
  • April (1/2/3/6/7/8). Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.
  • April ( 13/14/16/17/20) Gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.
  • April (18). Attends a public dinner at Delmonico’s restaurant, New York, hosted by the members of United States press.
  • April (22). Departs New York, sailing on the Cunard ship Russia.
  • May. Dickens returns to England and tours.
May (26). Michael Barrett was hanged at Newgate, the last person to be publicly executed in the UK.

1869.

  • January (5). Dickens gives his first Murder of Nancy reading.
  • January (21). Gives readings at Newport, Wales.
  • January (22). Gives readings at the Assembly Rooms, Cheltenham.
  • February (4, Thursday). Charles Dickens gives reading at Nottingham Mechanics’ Institution of Doctor Marigold and Trial from Pickwick. Held at 8pm.
  • February (24/26). Gives readings at the Music Hall stage at the Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh.
  • April (5-9). Charles Dickens gives four nights of readings at the Theatre Royal in Liverpool (his last in the city).
  • April (10, Saturday). Liverpool. Banquet held in honour of Charles Dickens at St George’s Hall.
  • April (11-13). Gives readings in Dublin.
  • April (22). Whilst on a reading tour Dickens is visited in Preston by his Doctor, Mr. Beard and advised to discontinue readings.
  • August (30). Attends a dinner held by the London Rowing Club at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham.
  • Dickens begins writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • September (27). Gives a speech to the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

1870.

  • January – June. Dickens rents 5 Hyde Park Place from Thomas Milner Gibson as a London base.
  • January (11) – March (15). Between these dates, Dickens gives a series of twelve readings at St. James’s Hall in Piccadilly, London. They are to be his last series of public readings.
  • February (12). Death of George Hogarth, Dickens’s former Father-in-Law.
  • March (9). Dickens has an audience with Queen Victoria.
  • March (15). Dickens gives his last public reading, held at St. James’s Hall, London, with performances of A Christmas Carol and The Trial from Pickwick followed by a short speech.
  • April. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is published between April and September (but never finished).
  • June (7). Dickens walks with Georgina Hogarth around the lanes surrounding Gad’s Hill Place.
  • June (8). At around 6pm, Charles Dickens suffers a seizure at Gad’s Hill Place. His old friend and family doctor, Frank Beard, is sent for and arrives about midnight.
  • June (9). Charles Dickens passes away at Gad’s Hill Place at around 6pm, around twenty-four hours after the initial seizure.
  • June (14). Charles Dickens is buried in a service at Westminster Abbey.

 

 

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