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Origin Of Boz Dickens

A fellow passenger with Mr. Dickens in the Britannia steam-ship,

across the Atlantic, inquired of the author the origin of his signature,

"Boz." Mr. Dickens replied that he had a little brother who resembled

so much the Moses in the Vicar of Wakefield, that he used to call him

Moses also; but a younger girl, who could not then articulate plainly,

was in the habit of calling him Bozie or Boz. This simple circumstance

made him assume that name in the first article he risked to the public,

and therefore he continued the name, as the first effort was approved


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