Mrs. Martha Bardell is the landlady of Mr. Pickwick in Goswell Street and his opponent in the breech of contract suit. “…the relict and sole executrix of a deceased custom-house officer – was a comely woman of bustling manners and agreeable appearance, with a natural genius for cooking…”
Joseph Clayton Clark,"Kyd." The Characters of Charles Dickens. London: Raphael Tuck, 1890.