Thomas Beard (1807 – 1891) was a journalist and one of the oldest friends of the Victorian author Charles Dickens.
Thomas Beard and Charles Dickens.
Beard’s younger brother Francis was Dickens’ personal doctor and was with him when he died.
Charles Dickens kept in touch with Beard throughout his life and a number of personal letters survive documenting their correspondence. He wrote to him, for example, after the death of his beloved sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth expressing “Thank God she died in my arms and that the last words she whispered were of me“.