No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt.

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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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Charles Dickens attended the event with his friend George Cruikshank.

A report of the dinner appeared in The Illustrated London News, May 17 1851.

 

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