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Record Number: 1106


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Witness statement in trial for murder: Samuel Davis: [in reply to question about length of time he spent in the water closet] Some few minutes -I cannot say how long, not longer than was necessary... I had a newspaper reading there..." Jonathan Smithies [his defence]: "[Davis] asked me for my Sunday's newspaper, saying he wished to use the watercloset -he took the newspaper... [I waited] sufficient time for him to come out; I then went down again, having occasion to go to the watercloset myself, and asked him if he was coming out, when he said, 'I shall be half an hour yet' -he had the newspaper with him and I suppose he was reading it..."

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

27 May 1832

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: London
location in dwelling: at lodgings, in the water closet

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:

Reader:

Samuel Davies

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

apprenticed to cabinet maker, but now an auctioneer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Ephemera

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)
from fellow lodger


Source Information:

Record ID:

1106

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 5 July 1832, Trial of Jonathan Smithies (t18320705-4),

Citation:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 5 July 1832, Trial of Jonathan Smithies (t18320705-4), http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1106, accessed: 01 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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