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Note to readers
Secondary sources refer to literary associations with Cliffords Inn in the works of Johnson, Goldsmith, Boswell, Burke, Sheridan, Cowper, Lamb and Dickens. We have found 4 references in Dickens, which are noted below.

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Pickwick Papers, Chapter 21_________________________________________
I know another case, said the old man, when his chuckle had in some degree subsided. It occurred in Clifford's Inn - tenant of a top set - bad character - shut himself up in his bedroom closet, and took a dose of arsenic. The steward thought he had run away: opened the door, and put a bill up. Another man came, took the chambers, furnished them, and went to live there. Somehow or other he couldn't sleep - always restless and uncomfortable. "Odd" says he "I'll make the other room my bedchamber, and this my sitting-room" He made the change and slept very well at night, but suddenly found he couldn't read in the evening: he got nervous and uncomfortable, and used to be always snuffing his candles and staring about him. "I can't make this out" said he, when he came home from the play one night and was drinking a glass of cold grog with his back to the wall, in order that he mightn't be able to fancy there was any one behind him - "I can't make it out" said he"; and just then his eyes rested on the little closet that had been always locked u, and a shudder ran through his whole frame from top to toe. "I have felt this strange feeling before," said he, 'I cannot help thinking there's something wrong about that closet" He made a strong effort, plucked up his courage, shivered the lock with a blow or two of the poked, and there, sure enough, standing bolt upright in the corner, was the last tenant, with a little bottle clasped firmly in his hand.

Bleak House, Chapter 34______________________________________________
Mr. Tulkinghorn passes me on to Melchisedech's in Cliffrd's inn, Melchisedech's in Clifford's Inn passes me back again to Mr. Tulkinghorn - he kees me prowling and dangling about him as if I were made of the same stone as himself.

Little Dorrit, Chapter 7_______________________________________________________________
[The turnkey put this point] so perseveringly that a stool and twelve shillings aweek were at last found for Tip in the office of an attorney in a great National Palladiuk called the Palace Court; at that time, one of the considerable list of everlasting bulwarks to the dignity and safety of Albion, whose palaces know tehmnomore. Tip languished in Clifford's Inn for six months, and atthe expratinof that term saundtered back to the Marshalsea.

Our Mutual Friend, Chapter 8_________________________________________________________
Mr. Boffin, I will tell you. Would you object to turn aside into this place - I think it is called Cliffords inn - where we can hear one another better than we can in the street.


Not very well knowing how to get rid of this applicant, and feeling the more embarrassed because his manner and appearance claimed a delicacy in which the worthy Mr Boffinf feared he himself might be deficient, that gentleman glanced into the mouldy little plantation or cat-preserve of Cliffords Inn as it was that day, in search of a suggestion. Sparrows were there, cats were here, dry rot and wet rot were there, but it was otherwise a suggestive spot

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