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Record 6850

Reading Experience:

'With my scanty pocket-money, high-priced books were beyond my reach; but I was lucky enough, when hunting, as was my want, among the second-hand bookstalls in Newcastle market-place, to light upon some off volumes of Milton?s prose works, which I bought for a few shillings. I read them all ? politics, theology, travels, with touches of autobiography- nothing came amiss to my voracious appetite. Over and over again did I read the Areopagitica, ?that sublime treatise? which, Macaulay tells us, ?every statesman should wear as a sign upon his hand and as frontlets between his eyes?.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1855
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Northumberland
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:Thomas Burt
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 Nov 1837
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Pitman, later MP
Religion: Methodist
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: John Milton
Title: Aeropagitica
Genre: Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: second hand copies
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 6850  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Burt
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Thomas Burt, M. P., D. C. L., pitman & privy councillor : an autobiography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1924
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 117
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Burt, Thomas Burt, M. P., D. C. L., pitman & privy councillor : an autobiography (London, 1924), p. 117,, accessed: 30 May 2020

Additional comments:

probably read during 1852



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