“If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford.” is a quotation from a letter written by Charles Dickens to his friend Thomas Beard on 11 January, 1835. The letter was written at the Black Boy Hotel in Chelmsford, where Dickens was staying during a reporting assignment.
Dickens reflects on being stuck in the town of Chelmsford.
Thomas Beard (1807 – 1891), to whom the quote was written, was a journalist who met Charles Dickens whilst they were reporters together at The Morning Chronicle newspaper. The two would often be sent on assignments across the country, travelling by stagecoach. Beard was best man at Dickens wedding in April 1836.
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