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Record Number: 15218


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Extract from the Governor's [Edward Hackett] Journal, 16 March 1845: 'I went through the male prison at 7:30pm, and looked in upon every prisoner through the inspection slides, 97 in number, and found them all reading but 12, ten of whom were walking about, and two warming their hands over the gas light ... have made numerous similar inspections of the prisoners at all hours, and have invariably found about the same number in proportion reading.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

16 Mar 1845

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Reading Gaol
other location: in their cells

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:

Reading Group:

prisoners

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

prisoners

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:

[n/a]

Title:

Bible

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (institution library)
prison issue


Source Information:

Record ID:

15218

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain, I. Home District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIII), p. 46,

Citation:

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain, I. Home District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIII), p. 46, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=15218, accessed: 03 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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