They who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and stretch a hand out, which is not the iron hand of Law, for their correction.

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itemThey who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and stretch a hand out, which is not the iron hand of Law, for their correction” 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, located 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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