It was a hot summer night; and the air of Field Lane and Saffron Hill was not improved by such weather, nor were the people in those streets very sober or honest company.

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itemIt was a hot summer night; and the air of Field Lane and Saffron Hill was not improved by such weather, nor were the people in those streets very sober or honest company” is a quotation from a Letter to The Daily News (on the Field Lane Ragged School), written by Charles Dickens and published on 4 February, 1846.

 

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item Charles Dickens was a supporter of the Field Lane Ragged School in the notorious Victorian London slum area of Saffron Hill.

item Dickens would also go on to publish an article in 1852 about the Field Lane Ragged School, entitled A Sleep to Startle Us,  in the magazine Household Words.

 

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