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Record 12874

Reading Experience:

'Then I became seized with a desire to know something about religion, and I read the commandments over and over again, as well as those portions of the Bible which I could understand. I was particularly struck with the words: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work", etc. "It is not right for me to work on Sundays," I said to myself, and communicated my impression to the supervisor.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1848 and 31 Dec 1848
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Millbank Prison
other location: in his prison cell
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:Mark Jeffrey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 31 Aug 1825
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: agricultural labourer/ cheap John (travelling hawker)/ burglar/ prisoner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
prison issue


Source Information:

Record ID: 12874  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mark Jeffrey
  Editor: W. and J.E. Hiener
  Title: A burglar's life, or, The stirring adventures of the great English burglar, Mark Jeffrey
  Place of Publication: Sydney
  Date of Publication: 1968 (1893)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 53
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Mark Jeffrey, W. and J.E. Hiener (ed.), A burglar's life, or, The stirring adventures of the great English burglar, Mark Jeffrey (Sydney, 1968 (1893)), p. 53,, accessed: 18 February 2020

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