SPEECH Of CHARLES DICKENS, ESQ., Delivered at the Meeting of the Administrative Reform Association, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Wednesday, June 27, 1855. Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870.

SPEECH Of CHARLES DICKENS, ESQ., Delivered at the Meeting of the Administrative Reform Association, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Wednesday, June 27, 1855.

London: Effingham Wilson, 11, Royal Exchange. 1855. 1st edition (Eckel, p. 235; Fielding, SPEECHES, pp 197 - 208; Gimbel B-237). Not in Kitton's DICKENSIANA. 11, [1] pp. Pagination includes wrappers. Printed by M. S. Rickerby, London. 12mo. 8-1/4" x 5-1/2". Original printed self-wrappers, sewn. "Price Twopence." Wrappers soiled. A VG copy. Item #34706

The British populace exhibited little anger at the Army's 'miserable plight' in Crimea, as well as to the public exposure of the Administration's ineptitude leading to such a deplorable state. Dickens was "alarmed by the defeat abroad and apathy at home..." This speech fulfilled Dickens' promise to speak on behalf of administrative reform.

Uncommon in the original wrappers.

Price: $750.00

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