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)
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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  in 1866.
 
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