Dickens Fredrick William (1820-1868) Dickensīs younger
brother. Lived with Dickens before his marriage, and afterwards at
Doughty Street. Dickens procured a clerkship for him in the Secretary’s
Office of the Custom House. He joined the Dickens family on a
Continental tour in 1844, and narrowly escaped drowning at Albaro.
After Fredrickīs death Dickens commented, ”It was a wasted life, but
God forbid that one should be hard upon it, or upon anything in this
world that is not deliberately and coldly wrong.”
Dickens, Alfred Lamert (1822-1860) Dickensīs
younger brother. Trained as a civil engineer, he became a sanitary
inspector. His death left his widow Helen and her five children in
straitened circumstances, for Alfred had been a bad manager of money.
Dickens, despite other pressing commitments, undertook the support and
housing of the family, and found a house for them on Haverstock Hill.
Finding responsibility for Helen too much, he turned to his
sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth for help with her and her affairs for,
he said, ” I really can not bear the irritation she causes me.”
Dickens, Augustus (1827-66) Dickensīs youngest brother. It was
he whom Dickens in honor of the Vicar of Wakefield, had nicknamed
”Moses” which facetiously pronounced through the nose became ”Boses”
and ultimately ”Boz”. Boz was a very familiar household word to me,
long before I was an author,and so I came to adopt it, Dickens told
Forster. Augustusī life proved a disappointment to his brother; Thomas
Chapman, of Chapman & Hall, found him ”City employment” about 1847,
but he gave it up and deserted his blind wife to elope to America with
another woman. From there he wrote to Dickens for funds, and died
impoverished in Chicago, leaving his relict and several children
penniless. ”Poor fellow! a sad business altogether,” said Dickens, and
undertook the support not only of them but of Augustusīs deserted wife.
Until Dickensīs death Augustusīs eldest son Bertram, received 50 ponds