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Some Reminiscences (Conclusion)

I had tea with Charles Dickens at Wright’s Coffee House, Charing Cross, about 1870. I remember Sir Benjamin Baker in his early days when he was working as a draughtsman in Sir John Fowler’s office. He was well appreciated at that time, as one day he was not looking well and Sir John (then Mr. Fowler) said to him, “ Here’s a cheque for £50 take a month’s holiday with it.” About 1882 Sir John Lubbock (afterwards Lord Avebury) showed me over his collection of ants and flint implements, and I had tea with his family. I went from there to see Charles Darwin, who lived near, but as he was at dinner I would not disturb him; I am a great admirer of his books and his patient investigations. I met Prof. J. Macquorn Rankine at the first Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers that I attended. Professor Henry Adams

Author(s): Adams, Henry

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