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Second Clifton performance. WC and EP called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn which WC entered on 18 May 1846. WC writes EP about the proofs of an unidentified article for The Leader and recalls last night “What a night! What speeches! What songs! I carried away much clarets and am rather a seedy barrister this morning” (L, I, 76). Dines at 6 pm with EP and Charles Otter, an old family friend. ” He tells EP “if I am to put this new notion into shape and form this year, I must work night and day; and I mean to do so” (L, I, 74).

WC explained to Edmund Yates (1831–1894: journalist and editor) that most of his time at Antrobus was spent writing “tragedies, comedies, epic poems and the usual literary rubbish invariably accumulated about themselves by ‘young beginners,’” rather than dealing with “invoices, bills of lading, and the state of Chinese tea markets” (Celebrities at Home, 3rd Series, 1879: 355). WC recalled years later that “whenever [Antrobus] found me talewriting, I was always able to show that I had finished everything I had been given to do” (“Our Portrait Gallery: ‘Mr.

18 (Wed) Third performance of Not So Bad As We Seem and second performance of Mr. Nightingale’s Diary. 500 were in the audience at the Hanover Square Rooms. WC wrote that “the Play is still too long, although we have cut it down three quarters of an hour since we first had it … Dickens played superbly last night – the applause was tremendous” (CL, I, 48–49). 19 (Thurs) Performances reviewed in the Court Journal, the Literary Gazette and the Morning Chronicle. The Literary Gazette thought CD better in the farce, and “in low comedy one of the greatest actors of our time.

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