Sunday, 24 January 2010

Dickens and Barclay Perkins

Here's a demonstration of Barclay Perkins fame, sent in by Matthew Thompson. It comes from chapter 28 of "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens, published in 1849.

"'I will not conceal from you, my dear Mr. Copperfield,' said Mrs.Micawber, 'that I have long felt the Brewing business to beparticularly adapted to Mr. Micawber. Look at Barclay and Perkins!Look at Truman, Hanbury, and Buxton! It is on that extensivefooting that Mr. Micawber, I know from my own knowledge of him, iscalculated to shine; and the profits, I am told, are e-NOR-MOUS!But if Mr. Micawber cannot get into those firms - which decline toanswer his letters, when he offers his services even in an inferiorcapacity - what is the use of dwelling upon that idea? None. Imay have a conviction that Mr. Micawber's manners -'

'Hem! Really, my dear,' interposed Mr. Micawber."

5 comments:

Barm said...

This quotation has been on here before, hasn't it? *scratches head*

Ron Pattinson said...

Barm, has it? Your memory is probably better than mine.

Anonymous said...

You can also find mentions, albeit brief and passing, of B&P in the works of Victor Hugo, Jules Verne and Anthony Trollope.

Anonymous said...

I thought you had got the name from that extraxt...

Barm said...

I was wrong. It is on the Wikipedia page about the Old Truman Brewery which I was reading a few weeks ago.