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Record 15101

Reading Experience:

Visit from cell to cell: '9. A prizefighter. Under a false name he was convicted of highway robbery, innocent, he alleged, of that crime; however, has done bad, and worse, many times. Was, at the time of his apprehension, in a bad house, with thieves and loose characters, spending 5s. he had gotten from a clergyman in Derby, he attending his lecture and making a pitiful tale. He took it all now as a judgement from God, for that and other sins. He had escaped justice in a case of manslaughter - having killed a man in a prizefight and fled. The preaching of God's word seems to have come home to this man's heart. He delights in reading the Holy Scriptures, which he has been taught here to do; and has become gentle, docile and obedient.'
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: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: prisoner, formerly prizefighter, trickster and habitual criminal
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)
probably prison issue


Source Information:

Record ID: 15101  
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: 245-246
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Joseph Kingsmill, Chapters on prisons and prisoners (London, 1852, 2nd edn), p. 245-246,, accessed: 18 January 2020

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