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

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Witness statement in trial for theft: Allen: "I took the prisoners that night in Kingsland-road... in the morning a printer's boy came to me with a handbill, and I then found that it answered to the property that I found on them"

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Allen      Print: Handbill


Soame Jennings : Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil

'[a young man] Mr Allen - resolved to take Orders and made proper Application: The Bishop asked him of course what he had read. why but little replied he to be sure, for says he I had not absolutely determined on my profession till lately, but an Opportunity happening &c. well Sir cries the Bishop what [italics] have [end italics] you read? why my Lord returns the Youth, I have read Mr Soame Jennings's Book, that I have - [italics] quite through [end italics].'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mr Allen      Print: Book


Frances D'Arblay : The Wanderer

[Letter 24 March 1814]
'''The Wanderer'' is to be out on Monday. It is the most interesting novel I have ever read.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Fanny Allen      Print: Book


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