Charles Dickens on Fort Henry

May, 1842
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Charles Dickens. Jeremiah Gurney, Heritage Auction Gallery.
View of Fort Henry, 1841. Hand colored engraving, "Citadel of Kingston", by William Henry Bartlett. Source: Library and Archives CanadaPinterest
View of Fort Henry, 1841. Hand colored engraving, "Citadel of Kingston", by William Henry Bartlett. Source: Library and Archives Canada

On his 1842 visit to Kingston, Charles Dickens made the following observations, recorded in American Notes, about Fort Henry: "There is a bomb-proof fort here of great strength, which occupies a bold position, and is capable, doubtless, of doing good service; though the town is much too close upon the frontier to be long held, I should imagine, for its present purpose in troubled times. There is also a small navy-yard, where a couple of Government steamboats were building, and getting on vigorously."