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Record Number: 15250


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Accounts of prisoners: T.N., Reg no. 311. 'A boy 17 years of age, whose father had been several times in prison ... before his trial this boy gave evidence of contrition; he then expressed his thankfulness for having been kept alone, giving as his reason - that he had read and learnt much of his Bible, which he could not have done if in bad company ... He could read but imperfectly when committed, ten months' since, but has now learnt to write and can repeat every chapter of the New Testament, as far as the Epistle of St James.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Until: 31 Dec 1848

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Reading Gaol
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:

T.N.

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

prisoner, committed for burglary

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:

15250

Source:

Print

Author:

John Field

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Prison discipline and the advantages of the separate system of imprisonment

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1848, 2nd edn

Vol:

2

Page:

131-132

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John Field, Prison discipline and the advantages of the separate system of imprisonment (London, 1848, 2nd edn), 2, p. 131-132, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=15250, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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