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Record Number: 15101


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Visit from cell to cell: '9. A prizefighter. Under a false name he was convicted of highway robbery, innocent, he alleged, of that crime; however, has done bad, and worse, many times. Was, at the time of his apprehension, in a bad house, with thieves and loose characters, spending 5s. he had gotten from a clergyman in Derby, he attending his lecture and making a pitiful tale. He took it all now as a judgement from God, for that and other sins. He had escaped justice in a case of manslaughter - having killed a man in a prizefight and fled. The preaching of God's word seems to have come home to this man's heart. He delights in reading the Holy Scriptures, which he has been taught here to do; and has become gentle, docile and obedient.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Pentonville Prison
other location: in his cell

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:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

prisoner, formerly prizefighter, trickster and habitual criminal

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

Bible

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (institution library)
probably prison issue


Source Information:

Record ID:

15101

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Kingsmill

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Chapters on prisons and prisoners

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1852, 2nd edn

Vol:

n/a

Page:

245-246

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Joseph Kingsmill, Chapters on prisons and prisoners (London, 1852, 2nd edn), p. 245-246, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=15101, accessed: 26 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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