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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Once a birder, always a birder-- to however small a degree. Harry 
Moscovitz passed this on to us.
If the legend on the tombstone does not come through, perhaps the Rare 
Book Department of the
Philadelphia Free Library will be of assistance.                         
             (pjm)
> *REMEMBERING DICK, THE BEST OF BIRDS*
> RARE BOOK DEPARTMENT OF THE PHILADELPHIA FREE LIBRARY
> Perhaps you are already familiar with Grip, Charles Dickens' beloved 
> pet raven, now making his taxidermied home here in the Rare Book 
> Department. But Grip, in all his stuffed glory, tends to overshadow 
> the OTHER Dickens bird we have ties to: Dick! The Best of Birds!
>
> This tombstone is for Dick, the pet canary of Mary, Dickens's eldest 
> daughter. Dickens made this grave marker for him after his death at 
> Gads Hill on October 14. When Dickens himself died in 1870, his family 
> moved from Gads Hill and Mary took the grave marker with her. After 
> Mary's death, the stone was inherited by her sister, Kate (DIckens) 
> Perugini. She later presented it to Arthur Sessler, the prominent 
> Philadelphia book dealer who eventually gifted it to the Free Library. 
> Let's all take a moment to remember possibly the best memorialized 
> canary to have canaried, who died #onthisday 
> <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/onthisday>  in 1866.
> ======================
>