. GAD'S HILL PLACE. RESIDEXCE OF CHARLES DICKEXS. It was here, then, that Dickens lived from 1856 to his death, on June 9, 1870, and thus Gad's Hill is, for many, doubly a place of pilgrimage. And, truly, the whole course of the Dover Road is rich in memories of him and of the characters he drew with such a flow of sentimentality ; and sentiment is more to the English- man than is generally supposed. Hence that amazing popularity which is only just now being critically inquired into, weighed and appraised, Dickens was a man of commanding genius. His observation was acute, and he reproduced with so photographic a fidelity the life and times of his early years that the " manners and customs of the English," during the first third of the nineteenth century, find no such * One ol the many originals of " Samivel's father " put forward. One was supposed to have been at Bath, another at Dorking ; and others still have claims to have originated this humorous character.