CHARLES DI­CKENS,

L'officiel Art - - Venice Biennale Tribute -

“I shall ne­ver for­get the one-fourth se­rious and three-fourths co­mi­cal as­to­nish­ment, with which, on the mor­ning of the third of Ja­nua­ry eigh­teen­hun­dred-and-for­ty-two, I ope­ned the door of, and put my head in­to, a `state-room' on board the Bri­tan­nia steam-pa­cket, twelve hun­dred tons bur­then per register, bound for Ha­li­fax and Bos­ton, and car­rying Her Ma­jes­ty's mails.” Ame­ri­can Notes (1842)

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