John Dickens (21 August 1785 – 31 March 1851) was the father of English novelist Charles Dickens and was the model for Mr Micawber in his son’s semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield.
In 1810 Elizabeth’s father, who also worked for the Navy Pay Office, was found guilty of embezzling money and fled to the Isle of Man.
In 1824 John Dickens was imprisoned for debt and had to resign his post.
Charles Dickens and Somerset House.
The Victorian writer and social critic Charles Dickens featured Somerset house in a number of works:
In his sketch Mr Minns and his cousin, Mr. Augustus Minns “was a clerk in Somerset-house, or, as he said himself, he held ‘a responsible situation under Government.’ “, where he enjoyed a good salary and lived nearby in a first floor flat in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden.