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DID the GRANTS MEET DICKENS in MANCHESTER?
* EXTRACT from the PREFACE of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
“Suffice it to say, that I believe the applications for
loans, gifts, and offices of profit that I have been requested to
forward to the originals of the BROTHERS CHEERYBLE (with whom I never interchanged any communication in my life) would have exhausted the combined patronage of all the Lord Chancellors since the accession of the House of Brunswick, and would have broken the Rest of the Bank of England.”
* Harrison Ainsworth’s daughter communicates with S. M. Ellis 1911
“…a rather superogatory argument was waged recently in print as to whether Dickens ever actually met the Grants …. To settle this question once and for all, I am enabled to state on the best authority – that of Ainsworth’s daughter - that not only did Dickens meet the Grants in person, but that one of the objects of his visit to Manchester was on purpose to see them…”
p340 W. Harrison Ainsworth and his friends – 2V. 1911.
* James Grant Taylor’s letters to Ada Mary Grundy.
“In 1840, the uncles on their return from Manchester, when at tea, said to your mother, “My dear, who do you think had tiffen with us today – Mr. Dickens! And we asked him to come out with us and spend the night, but he was so sorry he could not come as he had an engagement elsewhere.” Your mother replied “I am glad he could not come, for he would be putting me in a book next time”, at this the uncles laughed!”
James Grant Taylor was the grandson of James Grant, a brother of the Cheerybles.