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No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt.‘ is a quotation from a speech by Charles Dickens.

The speech, on sanitary reform, was at a dinner for the Metropolitan Sanitary Association given on the 10 May 1851 at Gore House, Kensington.

 

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Click here to read the full speech that Dickens gave on 10 May 1851 to the Metropolitan Sanitary Association.

Charles Dickens attended the event with his friend George Cruikshank.

A report of the dinner appeared in a number of newspapers including The Globe on 12 May 1851 and The Illustrated London News, 17 May 1851.

 

 

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