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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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William Harrison Ainsworth : Jack Sheppard

Statement of a juvenile offender: "I came from Manchester to the races. I was taken into custody when I had only been in Liverpool two days. I was taken up for attempting to pick pockets... Theatres are very exciting. I never saw 'Jack Sheppard' performed; I have read his history; I have seen many boys buy his history; I borrowed mine from another boy."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: G.G.      Print: Book


[n/a] : Bible

The Weekly Return of Lessons repeated by Prisoners at Reading Gaol from 25 May to 1 June 1850. (Report of the schoolmaster to the gaol chaplain). G.G.: 'Repeat the Collect and 15th and 16th, also 14th verse of 17th chapter of St John.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: G.G.      Print: Book


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