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,  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.