Charles Dickens: Scandal and Difficulty

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

The Dickens Scandal.
[From the Scotsman]

As Mr. DICKENS’ statement is apt to be somewhat unintelligible to those beyond the reach of the gossip of London and the “literary world,” we may explain that the fact, as we are informed, is, that Mr. DICKENS has, by mutual agreement, separated from his wife, on the ground of “incompatibility.” The name of a young lady on the stage has been mixed up with the matter — most cruely and untruly, is the opinion, we hear, of those having the best means of observing and judging; indeed, the arrangement itself is to a great extent a refutation of that part of the scandal. Of the family, (eight in number,) the eldest son remains with his mother, but some at least of the daughters go with Mr. DICKENS, and the head of his new home is a lady, a very near relative of Mrs. DICKENS. We mention these facts to explain the allusions to which Mr. DICKENS has thought proper to give publicity, and also to do so in such a way as to prevent the transaction so dimly referred to being made the subject of inferences too unfavorable..

The New York Times (New York, New York) Jun 23, 1858


THE DICKENS DIFFICULTY. — A New York correspondent of the Boston Atlas and Bee says:
“The scandalous reports about DICKENS and his family have excited much attention here — but the manly card of Mr. DICKENS, published in Household Words, relieves him from the imputation of infidelity. I was yesterday conversing with a gentleman well acquainted with the Dickens family, and he attributes the difference between the novelist and wife to diverse views they take in regard to the religious education of their daughters. Mr. DICKENS is a decided latitudinarian in his views, and generally attends the Unitarian Church, while Mrs. DICKENS, an Edinburg lady, brought up in the stricter doctrines of Presbyterianism, still clings to the religious ideas inculcated in her youth, and naturally wishes her daughters  brought up in the same way. The fact of the daughters siding with the father, merely shows that like most young people they approve of those doctrines that offer more freedom, and are generally more attractive in appearance at least.”

The New York Times (New York, New York) Jun 29,  1858

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