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Spitalfields

5/4/1851

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Authors Charles Dickens
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Report i
Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Fashion; Fashion History; Clothing and Dress; Millinery; Textile Crafts; Textile Design; Cotton; Cotton Manufacture
Great Britain—Commerce
Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
London (England)—Description and Travel
Poverty; Poor Laws—Great Britain; Workhouses—Great Britain
Work; Work and Family; Occupations; Professions; Wages
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Dickens probably wrote the following portions of 'Spitalfields': from 'And what strange streets' (p. 27) to 'in the streets' (p. 29); from 'We knock at the door' (p. 30) to the conclusion.
Dickens may also have added substantially to the following sections: from the beginning to 'come to Spitalfields?' (p. 25); from 'Along a narrow passage' to 'money of Great Britain' (p. 25).
In addition, Dickens seems to have added many telling touches to passages primarily by Wills. For a discussion of the Dickens-Wills attributions, see note to 'Valentine's Day at the Post-Office.'
Spitalfields, as the article relates, was a portion of London resettled in the seventeenth century by French Huguenot weavers. These men had made the district a center of home silk weaving - a method of manufacture that had latterly become outmoded and uneconomic. Writing with subdued force and symbolic richness, Dickens, in his chief contribution to the piece (pp. 27-29), describes the weaver and his task, juxtaposes traditional ways with the thunderous rush of industrialization, and limns a stark picture of a doomed man at his doomed work.

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

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Author Henry Morley
Genre Prose: History i
Subjects Africa—Description and Travel
Africa—Politics and Government
Europe—History
Explorers and Exploration; Wilderness Survival; Survival; Adventure and Adventurers
Great Britain—Armed Forces; Militias
Great Britain—Colonies—Administration
Great Britain—Colonies—Commerce
Great Britain—Colonies—Description and Travel
Great Britain—Colonies—General
Race; Racism; Ethnicity; Anthropology; Ethnography
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
War; Battles; Peace; Military History; Weapons; Soldiers
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Author John Critchley Prince
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subjects Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (1851)
Poverty; Poor Laws—Great Britain; Workhouses—Great Britain
Work; Work and Family; Occupations; Professions; Wages
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Author James Hannay
Genres Prose: Digest; Review i
Prose: Report i
Subjects Gender Identity; Women; Men; Femininity; Masculinity
Great Britain—Politics and Government
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
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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
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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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Author Eustace Clare Grenville Murray
Genre Prose: Snippet i
Subjects Germany—Description and Travel; Austria—Description and Travel
Work; Work and Family; Occupations; Professions; Wages
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Author Anna Mary Howitt
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Autobiography; Biography; Memoirs; Obituary; Anecdotes i
Prose: Sketch i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Germany—Description and Travel; Austria—Description and Travel
Nature; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature in Literature; Landscapes
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Author Thomas Satchell
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Latin America—Description and Travel
Natural Sciences (Astronomy / Botany / Geology / Natural History / Oceanography / Paleontology / Zoology)
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