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Stephen Duck


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 : The Spectator

Stephen Duck's habits in reading whilst working, as recorded by Joseph Spence in 'A Full and Authentick Account of Stephen Duck' (1731): '"his method was to labour harder than any Body else, that he might get Half an Hour to read a Spectator without Injuring his Master. By this means he used to sit down all over Sweat and Heat, and has several times caught colds by it.'" (p.11).

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Stephen Duck      Print: Serial / periodical


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