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Doctor Marigold
Charles Dickens

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DOCTOR MARIGOLD 

I am a Cheap Jack, and my own father's name was Willum Marigold.  It
was in his lifetime supposed by some that his name was William, but
my own father always consistently said, No, it was Willum.  On which
point I content myself with looking at the argument this way: If a
man is not allowed to know his own name in a free country, how much
is he allowed to know in a land of slavery? As to looking at the
argument through the medium of the Register, Willum Marigold come
into the world before Registers come up much,--and went out of it
too.  They wouldn't have been greatly in his line neither, if they
had chanced to come up before him. 

I was born on the Queen's highway, but it was the King's at that
time.  A doctor was fetched to my own mother by my own father, when
it took place on a common; and in consequence of his being a very
kind gentleman, and accepting no fee but a tea-tray, I was named
Doctor, out of gratitude and compliment to him.  There you have me.
Doctor Marigold.

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