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The hon. gent. was a humbug. ') .... 'The CHAIRMAN was quite sure the hon. Pickwickian would withdraw the expression he had just made use of .... The CHAIRMAN felt it his 35 36 Dickens the Journalist imperative duty to demand of the honourable gentleman, whether he had used the expression which had just escaped him in a common sense. 'Mr BLOTTON had no hesitation in saying, that he had not - he had used the word in its Pickwickian sense. ) He was bound to acknowledge that, personally, he entertained the highest regard and esteem for the honourable gentleman; he had merely considered him a humbug in a Pickwickian point of view.
4 This was Joseph Parkes, the Radical 'brummagem attorney' and influential behind-the-scenes parliamentary agent for the Whigs,S to whom John Dickens, with characteristic aplomb, went on to apply in June 1834, both in person and by letter, to back up Charles's direct approach to Black: My Dear sir - In consequence of my Son, as I stated, having addressed a Letter to Mr Black, as I communicated to you, when I did myself the pleasure of calling on you, he had an interview with that Gentleman last Evening, but it appears he had not had any communication from you with regard to my son's application ....
Writing home to his fiancee, Dickens told Catherine that she will see or hear by the Chronicle of yesterday, that we had a slight flare here yesterday morning, just stopping short of a murder and riot .... I look forward to the probability of a scuffle before it is over. As the Tories are the principal party here, I am in no very good odour in the town, but I shall not spare them the more on that account in the descriptions of their behaviour I may forward to headquarters. ' Passages of this kind, emerging out of the ostensibly objective operation of reporting speeches, were of enormous value to the Chronicle's managers, who throughout Dickens's period of service were in constant, if uneasy, communication, with different ministers of the Whig administrationY Press historians and biographers of the protagonists record a detrimental struggle between Easthope, Parkes, and Black for control of the paper's policies during the Melbourne administration: what Dickens refers to in one letter as 'half a dozen Proprietors and agents ...