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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 have been three times in prison and once discharged. I have been at the Sanspareil and Amphitheatre; I have also been at the penny hop... I am sure the theatres would bring any youngster to ruin: they don't care where they get their money, so that they do but get it to join their companions. I was very fond of seeing 'Jack Sheppard' performed. I have read his life; I bought it."

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


 : Article in the Morning Post entitled 'British Spy in the Kiel Canal'

'Dear Mr. Prothero, Did you see the Morning Post of last Wednesday or Thursday? The headlines ran: "British Spy in the Kiel Canal" and then they proceed to give my name and quotations.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: J.M. de Beaufort      Print: Newspaper


Curtin : The Times (series of articles)

'Dear Dr. Prothero, Are you reading Curtin's articles in the Times? I have followed every one of them very carefully, and I must admit I started reading them with some anxiety. Then I read about his letter of introduction to Mr. Drechsler, given to him by Prof. Muensterberg [...] I have read every one of his articles so far and I can now honestly assure you that all of my anxiety about seeing perhaps a great deal of similar material, as that which forms the MSS of my book, has entirely evaporated.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: J.M. de Beaufort      Print: Newspaper


[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.M.: 'Repeat the Collect and 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th, 108th, and 109th Psalms.'

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


[n/a] : Bible

J.M., convict sentenced to transportation, writing to Rev. Joseph: 'I am at present amongst sin and wickedness of the worst description; but thanks be to Almighty God, I am kept from it by his grace, which I have found to be all sufficient in every time of trouble. I have made the Word of God my chief companion, and when I come from my work, I take the Bible in hand, and read a chapter or two; and I do assure you I derive much comfort from the same.'

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: J.M.      Print: Book


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