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Record Number: 24960


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Witness statement in trial for theft: John Peto: 'On Sunday night, the 26th of August, Bostock came to my house, about eight o'clock ... that was just about nine o'clock, when the policemen were relieving their men—after that we sat, and Stubbs read the newspaper out loud—I do not know what paper—it was about the trail of the man for using the cow ill—he read that aloud—my wife heard that—I do not know what the conversation was about the cow—we only talked about what a shocking thing it was—we were joking one another—my wife was in the room all the time—all eight of us ... I am not capable of reading—I do not know the name of the newspaper—I borrowed it from the public-house the time I sent for the porter'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

26 Aug 1838

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
specific address: 1 Coleman Place, Banner Street, St Lake's
location in dwelling

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:

William Stubbs

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

'criminal'

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

John Peto, Elizabeth Peto, their children, Thomas Bostock (family)


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

[newspaper]

Genre:

Law

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)
from the public house


Source Information:

Record ID:

24960

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 27 April 2009), 17 Sept 1838, Trial of William Mullins, Thomas Bostock, William Stubbs (t18380917-2182),

Citation:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 27 April 2009), 17 Sept 1838, Trial of William Mullins, Thomas Bostock, William Stubbs (t18380917-2182), http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=24960, accessed: 03 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Wife of witness, Elizabeth Peto, stated that she was in the habit of reading the newspaper on a Sunday evening

   
   
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