Reading in Clifton
Speech given before a reading of The Chimes (2 August 1858).
Clifton Chronicle (4 August 1858).
Dickens, Charles. 'Reading in Clifton' (2 August 1858). Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/speeches/1858-08-02_Speech_Reading_in_Clifton.
‘Mr. Dickens addressed his audience in a few prefatory words to the effect that the book which he was about to read, was written several years previously, in consequence of certain circumstances which seemed to render a few words of earnest remonstrance necessary. Though the cause for this remonstrance was now to some extent removed, and in part he hoped, by the aid of his little work, yet a plea for the poor and distressed was never out of season, and in that light he trusted his little work would be welcome to his hearers.’
Dickens, Charles, “Reading in Clifton,” Dickens Search, accessed June 25, 2022, https://dickenssearch.com/speeches/1858-08-02_Speech_Reading_in_Clifton.