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Record 15096

Reading Experience:

Case study, E.E.S., a Jew, young man of respectable German family, at first confined in a common prison where associated with other prisoners, before moved to Pentonville: 'For months after he came to Pentonville the poor man could speak of nothing but the injustice and cruelty of the English. At last he became quiet, and even cheerful, under different treatment; studied most assidiously the New and Old Testaments, in reference to the claims of Christianity upon his belief; withdrew himself from the teaching of his Rabbi, who could not satisfy his inquiring mind; and before he left, professed an entire acquiescence in the truths of our Divine religion.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Pentonville Prison
other location: in his 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:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: from a respectable family, now a prisoner
Religion: Jewish
Country of origin: Germany
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)
probably prison issue


Source Information:

Record ID: 15096  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Kingsmill
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Chapters on prisons and prisoners
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1852, 2nd edn
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 122-123
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Joseph Kingsmill, Chapters on prisons and prisoners (London, 1852, 2nd edn), p. 122-123,, accessed: 24 February 2020

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