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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 juvenile offender: "I thought this 'Jack Sheppard' was a clever fellow for making his escape and robbing his master. If I could get out of gaol I think I should be as clever as him; but after all his exploits he got done at last. I have had the book out of a library at Dale Field. I paid 2d a book for three volumes. I also got 'Richard Turpin' in two volumes and paid the same."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: J.L.      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). J.L.: 'Repeat the Collect and the 17th, 18th and 20th verses of the 19th chapter of the Acts'

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


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