"Samuel, stay where you are till the close of school.
If Samuel had not loved wickedness he would not have followed me to the water pail."
Upon the death of the estimable captain, Samuel Ferguson, then twenty-two years of age, had already made his voyage around the world.
Samuel Ferguson returned to England about 1850, and, more than ever possessed by the demon of discovery, he spent the intervening time, until 1853, in accompanying Captain McClure on the expedition that went around the American Continent from Behring's Straits to Cape Farewell.
But Samuel Dundee was away on a three-years' voyage and his ship fell overdue.
Lloyd's posted the Loughbank as missing, and the owners ceased the monthly remittance of Samuel's half-pay to his wife.
And, in the face of all this, Margaret Henan named her first child Samuel.
Samuel learned so easily that, though he was idle, he knew more than any of the other boys.
At sixteen Samuel left school, and for two years idled about his father's shop, reading everything that came in his way.
A well-off friend, however, offered to help, and so at eighteen Samuel went to Oxford.
Samuel Whiskers got through a hole in the wainscot, and went boldly down the front staircase to the dairy to get the butter.
"Will not the string be very indigestible, Anna Maria?" inquired Samuel Whiskers.
"I do not think"--said Samuel Whiskers, pausing to take a look at Tom Kitten--"I do NOT think it will be a good pudding.
'That, with the view just mentioned, this Association has taken into its serious consideration a proposal, emanating from the aforesaid, Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C., and three other Pickwickians hereinafter named, for forming a new branch of United Pickwickians, under the title of The Corresponding Society of the Pickwick Club.
'That the Corresponding Society of the Pickwick Club is therefore hereby constituted; and that Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C., Tracy Tupman, Esq., M.P.C., Augustus Snodgrass, Esq., M.P.C., and Nathaniel Winkle, Esq., M.P.C., are hereby nominated and appointed members of the same; and that they be requested to forward, from time to time, authenticated accounts of their journeys and investigations, of their observations of character and manners, and of the whole of their adventures, together with all tales and papers to which local scenery or associations may give rise, to the Pickwick Club, stationed in London.