"recurring to Doctors' Commons, and anticipating the distant days when I should be a proctor there"

Charles Dickens worked at the Doctors’ Commons during his early adulthood.

Doctors’ Commons was a society of lawyers practising civil law in London. Its buildings housed a library, rooms for living and working, and courts.

Several courts of civil law were to be found within Doctors’ Commons, including the Court of Arches, the Court of Faculties or Dispensations, the Consistory Court, and the High Court of Admiralty.