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Dickens and the Stenographic Mind$
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Hugo Bowles

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829072.001.0001

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Dickens and the Stenographic Mind

Hugo Bowles

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… it is highly desirable—above all things—that you should now get to the Short Hand. If you can begin with me here at 10 tomorrow morning, do.

Letter to Arthur Stone, 20 November 18591

1Letters, IX, 173.

On 18 November 1859, Charles Dickens met the illustrator Frank Stone in Tavistock Square. Frank, his friend and neighbour, was suffering from a heart condition. After he had ‘walked about with him for a little while at a snail’s pace, cheering him up’,...

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