Speeches of Charles Dickens.


The following are speeches Charles Dickens is known to have attended. Click on the links where appropriate to find out more and read the transcript of the speech.


1841, 25  June. Edinburgh. Public dinner given in honour of Dickens.

1843, 5 October. Manchester Athenaeum. Educational improvement and learning.

1844, 26 February. Liverpool. Liverpool Mechanics’ Institution.

1844, 28 February. Birmingham. Birmingham Polytechnic Institution.

1846, 6 April. London Tavern. General Theatrical Fund Association.

1847, 1 December. Leeds. Leeds Mechanics’ Institution.

1851, 14 April. London Tavern. Sixth Annual Dinner of the General Theatrical Fund.

1851, 10 May. Gore House, Kensington, London. Sanitary Reform.

1851, 9 June. London. Eighth Anniversary dinner of the Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution.

1852, 14 June. London Tavern. Ninth Anniversary dinner of the Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution.

1853, 6 January. Birmingham. Society of Artists, Temple Row. Honoury dinner for Dickens.

1853, 30 April. London, Royal Academy.

1853, 1 May. London, Mansion House.

1853, 30 December. Birmingham. Reading and speech on behalf of the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

1854, 30 December. London, London Tavern. Commercial Travellers.

1855, 27 June. London, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Administrative Reform.

1855, 22 December. Sheffield, Mechanics’ Hall.

1856, 12 March. London. Annual General Meeting of The Corporation of the Royal Literary Fund.

1857, 5 November. London Tavern. Fourth anniversary dinner of the Warehousemen and Clerks Schools.

1858, 9 February. London, Freemasons’ Hall. Anniversary Festival of the Hospital for Sick Children.

1858, 26 March. Edinburgh, Music Hall. Philosophical Institution.

1858, 29 March. London, Freemasons’ Tavern. Thirteenth anniversary festival of the General Theatrical Fund.

1858, 29 April. London, St. Martin’s Hall. Reading and speech.

1858, 1 May. London, Royal Academy. Short speech at a dinner for the Royal Academy.

1858, 8 May. London, Freemasons’ Tavern. Forty-eighth Anniversary of the establishment of the Artists’ Benevolent Fund.

1858, 21 July. London, Princess’s Theatre. Fund-raising event  for the purpose of establishing a Royal Dramatic College.

1858, 3 December. Manchester. Free-trade Hall. Annual meeting of the Institutional Association of Lancashire and Cheshire.

1858, 4 December. Coventry. Castle Hotel. Speech given at a dinner to honour Dickens.

1859, 22 December. Commercial Travellers’ School London.

1862, 29 March. Dinner of the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution.

1862, 20 May. London, Freemasons’ Tavern. Annual Festival of the Newsvendors’ and Provident Institution.

1864, 12 April. London. Willis’s Rooms, King Street, St James’s. In support of free health care for the poor.

1864, 11 May. London. Adelphi Theatre. Spoke at a public meeting for the purpose of founding Shakespeare Schools, in connexion with the Royal Dramatic College.

1865, 9 May. Speech at the Annual Festival of the Newsvendors’ Benevolent and Provident Association.

1865, 20 May. In aid of Newspaper Press Fund.

1865, 29 July. Knebworth. In support of the Guild of Literature and Art.

1866, 14 February. London. Willis’s Rooms, King Street, St James’s. Speech at the annual dinner of the Dramatic, Equestrian, and Musical Fund.

1867, 5 June. London. Willis’s Rooms, King Street, St James’s. In support of Ninth Anniversary Festival of the Railway Benevolent Society.

1867, 2 November. London, Freemasons’ Tavern. Dinner held for Charles Dickens to celebrate his second visit to America.

1869, 10 April. Liverpool, St. George’s Hall. Honouring Dinner.

1869, 27 September. Birmingham and Midland Institute.




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