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Chips: Small Beginnings

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Authors Charles Dickens
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genres Prose: Letters; Correspondence i
Prose: Snippet i
Subjects Crime; Criminals; Punishment; Capital Punishment; Prisons; Penal Transportation; Penal Colonies
Education—Great Britain; Universities and Colleges; Schools
Emigration; Immigration; Expatriation
Other Details
Printed : 5/4/1851
Journal : Household Words
Volume : Volume III
Magazine : No. 54
Office Book Notes
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Dickens probably wrote the following portion of 'Chips: Small Beginnings': from 'But our readers' (p. 41) to the conclusion.
The institution referred to below was the Westminster Ragged Dormitory, the program of which was described in the Household Words article, 'The Power of Small Beginnings' (20 July 1850), by W. H. Wills. The Westminster Ragged Dormitory took derelict boys from Ragged Schools, prisons, and streets, housed and trained them for a period, and then financed their emigration to the United States or Australia. The following 'Chip' gives an account of how some of the emigrants fared after they arrived in their new homes. The 'Chip' concludes with a characteristic comment by Dickens.

Harry Stone; © Bloomington and Indiana University Press, 1968. DJO gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce this material.

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