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Record 12757

Reading Experience:

'Then I have been turning lazily over the pages of a certain "magazine" called the "Saturday Magazine", which the worthy chaplain has lent me. There are six double volumes of this astounding rubbish; or more properly six strata - a huge deposit of pudding-stone, rubble, detritus and scoriae in six thick stratifications; containing great veins of fossil balderdash, and whole regions of what the Germans call "loss" and "trass"; amongst which, however, sometimes glances up a fragment of pure ore that has no business there, or a gleaming splinter of diamond illuminating the foul opacity. After an hour's digging and shovelling, I meet perhaps with an authentic piece of "noster" Thomas himself - there are two of those in the whole six beds - and once I turned up what made my heart leap - "The Forging of the Anchor" - which I straight away rolled forth till the tweak timbers rang. There are a great many not intolerable wood engravings in the volumes, and some readable topographical description: but on the whole the thing is of very base material - "Amusements in Science" - "Recreations in Religion" - no, but "Easy Lessons on Christian Evidences" - much apocryphol anecdotage of history, but, above all, abundant illustrations of British generosity, valour, humanity...'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 15 Jan 1849 and 1 Feb 1849
Country: Bermuda
Time: n/a
Place: other location: on board "Dromedary Hulk", at Bermuda
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Mitchel
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Nov 1815
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author, Irish Nationalist, under arrest for Treason
Religion: Presbyterian family
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Bermuda
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Saturday Magazine
Genre: Other religious, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: six volumes
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
borrowed from the chaplain on the prison hulk


Source Information:

Record ID: 12757  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Mitchel
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Jail Journal
  Place of Publication: Dublin
  Date of Publication: 1913
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 119-120
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Mitchel, Jail Journal (Dublin, 1913), p. 119-120,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:



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