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Record 8178

Reading Experience:

'A few years ago the curate of the village called upon the old man to converse with him on religious matters; after some talk, he promised to send him a Bible, "his honour" also promising to read it after he received it. Shortly afterwards the curate was passing the cottage-door, and observed the old man employed with the book. The curate accosting him, said, "Well, Isaac, I am glad to see you reading your Bible." "Oh yes", replied Isaac, in a gruff tone of voice, - gruff, but not intentionally uncivil. "Will you tell me what you are reading about?" said the clergyman. "O, to be sure I will", was the answer, "I am reading all the wars of rascally Jews, and all that sort of thing; why, what a blood-thirsty race of men they were, Sir".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1839
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edwinstowe
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 (agricultural)
Occupation: Forrester
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: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 8178  
Source - Print  
  Author: Christopher Thomson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Autobiography of an artisan
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1847
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 311
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Christopher Thomson, Autobiography of an artisan (London, 1847), p. 311,, accessed: 22 January 2020

Additional comments:

Anedoctal evidence - validity might be questioned.



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