Portrait with facsimile signature of Thomas Hood, publisher of Hood’s Magazine and Comic Miscellany.  In 1844 Dickens wrote a satirical sketch in the form of a “Threatening Letter to Thomas Hood from An Ancient Gentleman.”  The letter was dated April 23rd, 1844 and was published in the May 1844 issue of the magazine.  According to Eckel, the letter objected to the hero worship that grew out of “General” Tom Thumb’s presence in England.  Dickens complained that recognition at Court was denied people of intellectual merit, and that in order to gain such recognition, one had to be a freak by nature, such as a dwarf or a giant.