Despite coming to share Mrs. Trollope’s general scorn of the Americans, Dickens said some nice things about Cincinnati. His accounts in American Notes for General Circulation paint a vivid portrait of a teeming metropolis, albeit one reached by steamboats, the kinks of which, vis a vis personal safety, had yet to be worked out. Here is a sample etext. And here.
Speaking of Dickens, if you told me yesterday that a new Dickensian TV Comedy Series was coming to the BBC, I would have slapped the cup of earl grey out of your hand. But then it turns out the BBC has been poking fun at Dickens all along.