The Mirror of Parliament was a journal of parliamentary records. At the time it was a competitor to the more familiar record of parliamentary proceedings we know to this day as Hansard. The Mirror of Parliament was owned and run by John Barrow, an uncle of Charles Dickens.

In 1832, Charles Dickens started to write for The Mirror of Parliament. He was employed as a shorthand writer in the Reporters’ Gallery at the Houses of Parliament, and was very highly regarded by the other Parliamentary reporters for the speed and accuracy of his transcriptions.

John Barrow would also help Dickens secure a highly sought-after full-time salaried job as a staff reporter on The Morning Chronicle in 1834.