Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 7656

Reading Experience:

'... I did this [looking over the newspaper], as usual, while I took my breakfast, which meal I now procured at a coffee shop in Bear-Street, Leicester-Square. Here I found the additional accommodation of magazines and reviews: for reading the current numbers of which the proprietor made an extra charge of sixpence per month. This charge I was glad to pay, for the sake of reading the "Edinburgh" and "Monthly" Reviews, together with the "Edinburgh", the "European", and the "Monthly" Magazines. 'These, however, I read in the evening, while I took my supper; for I learned to drink coffee at that meal as well as at breakfast time. In addition to the daily newspapers, I also saw here the "Examiner", the "Black Dwarf" and, I think, some other weekly journals.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1816 and 31 Dec 1816
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
specific address: Bear-Street, Leicester Square
other location: Coffee shop
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 Carter
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 5 Jul 1792
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journeyman tailor
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: Edinburgh Magazine
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
Literature of the coffee house


Source Information:

Record ID: 7656  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carter
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Memoirs of a Working Man
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1845
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 191
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carter, Memoirs of a Working Man (London, 1845), p. 191,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)