The Holly Tree by Dickens in Anniversary Shorthand

The Holly Tree (1855) by Charles Dickens appeared in a collection book called Christmas Stories (1854?). It was serialized in Anniversary shorthand in the Gregg Writer in December 1944 and January 1945.

It is difficult to determine whether the story first appeared in the Christmas Stories collection or in a separate book or magazine. There are many versions of the Christmas Stories book on the Internet with different publication dates. One version of Christmas Stories is dated 1854 and contains The Holly Tree.

Wikipedia lists the story as The Holly Tree Inn (1855) and states that it was a collaborative effort with other authors. (Where the dickens is a Dickens authority when you need one!?)

At any rate, Dickens had a long posthumous relationship with Gregg Shorthand. Here is the history:

A Child’s Dream of a Star (1850), Gregg Writer, Volume 13, June 1911 & July 1911, pp 534 and 631-632, conforms to the 1902 Gregg Shorthand manual.

Here are links to the June and July 1911 Gregg Writer on Google Books:

June 1911:

July 1911:

A Christmas Carol (1843), Pre-anniversary 1916 Gregg Shorthand (Dec 1918), plates by Winifred Kenna. This book is heavily abridged. It covers only 20% of Dicken’s book.

Link to the book on Internet Archive:

The Poor Relation’s Story (1852), Pre-anniversary 1916 Gregg Shorthand (June 1926), plates by Georgie Gregg Gingell, published in England.

Link to the book on this blog site:


A Christmas Carol in Prose (1843), Anniversary Gregg Shorthand (Dec 1931), plates by Winifred Kenna Richmond. This book is heavily abridged. It covers only 40% of Dicken’s book.

Link to book on Internet Archive:

Short Classics in Shorthand (1927). This is a faux-leather-bound collection book with five 1916 Pre-anniversary short stories that were previously published in separate Gregg books. This collection contains the 1918 Christmas Carol book and The Man Without a Country with shorthand plates by Georgie Gregg Gingell. The other three stories feature shorthand plates by Harriet M. Johnson. They are: The Great Stone Face, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Rip van Winkle. These separate stories can be found on the Internet Archive through this link:

Here is the link for The Holly Tree:


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