"We articled clerks, as germs of the patrician order of proctors, were treated with so much consideration, that I was almost my own master at all times."

An articled clerk began his apprenticeship by signing a contract, known as “articles of clerkship,” which committed the clerk to a fixed period of employment under an employer, who would train the clerk in his profession

Charles Dickens worked as a junior clerk in the law office of Ellis and Blackmore from May 1827 to November 1828.