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Record Number: 1260


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Henry Mayhew's interview with an orphan flower girl and her sister: "'We've always had good health. We can all read'. [Here the three somewhat insisted upon proving to me their proficiency in reading, and having procured a Roman Catholic book, the 'Garden of Heaven', they read very well."

Century:

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1849

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

anon

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

flower girl

Religion:

Catholic?

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

Henry Mayhew, social investigator


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

Garden of Heaven

Genre:

Other religious

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1260

Source:

Print

Author:

Henry Mayhew

Editor:

n/a

Title:

London Labour and the London Poor

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1861

Vol:

1

Page:

135

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 135, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1260, accessed: 26 November 2022


Additional Comments:

Mayhew states that the girl was about 15 years of age

   
   
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