The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during for each year of his adult life, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.


1865.

January. Nineth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 11-13).

February. Tenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 14-16).

March. Eleventh part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 3, Chapters 1-4).

April. Twelfth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 3, Chapters 5-7).

April, 15. American President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous day (Good Friday) whilst at a theatre.

May. Thirteenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 3, Chapters 8-10).

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

May, 20 (Saturday). Dickens gives a speech at the second annual dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund, held at the Freemason’s Tavern, London.

June. Fourteenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 3, Chapters 11-14).

June. Alfred D’Orsay Tennyson Dickens emigrates to Australia.

June, 9. Dickens is involved in the Staplehurst railway crash, with Ellen Ternan and her mother.

July. Fifteenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 3, Chapters 15-17).

August. Sixteenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 4, Chapters 1-4).

September. Seventeenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 4, Chapters 5-7).

September, 2. Charles Dickens completes Our Mutual Friend (date of postscript).

October. Eighteenth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 4, Chapters 8-11).

November. Final parts of Our Mutual Friend (19 and 20) published (Book 4, Chapters 12-17).

November. Our Mutual Friend published in volume form.

December. Second series of The Uncommercial Traveller published.

December, 19 (Tuesday). Gives a charitable reading for the Chatham Mechanics’ Institute, held at the Lecture Hall, Chatham, at 7pm. Reads from A Christmas Carol and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.


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.


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