An interesting article, Hamlet53. It's always fascinating to ponder where authors got the inspiration for some of their most interesting characters, although the article seems to hint that perhaps John Elwes's miserly ways extended only to himself and his personal habits. Prior to his visit by the four specters, Dicken's Scrooge would never have "spent a fortune on the redevelopment of Londonís West End."
I also love the quote from the novel, which somehow failed to jump out at me when I read it:
Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.