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Record Number: 7364


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

?Another Sunday recollection is that of a Sunday morning gathering in a humble kitchen. Larry [a crippled shoemaker] made his appearance every Sunday morning, as regular as clockwork, with a copy of the "Northern Star", damp from the press, for the purpose of having some member of our household read out to him and others "Fergus?s Letter". The paper was first to be dried before the fire, and then carefully and evenly cut, so as not to damage a single line of the almost sacred publication. This done, Larry, placidly smoking his ? pipe, ? settled himself to listen with all the rapture of a devotee in a tabernacle to the message of the great Fergus, watching and now and again turning the little joint as it hung and twirled before the kitchen fire, and interjecting occasional chuckles of approval as some particularly emphatic sentiment was read aloud.?

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

morning: on Sunday

Place:

city: Cheltenham
location in dwelling: home, kitchen, in front of the fire

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:

Adams

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

Feb 1832

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Larry, the crippled shoemaker and probably other members of the Adams family


Additional Comments:

A member of the Adams family, probably William Edwin's father



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

Northern Star

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

reading group


Source Information:

Record ID:

7364

Source:

Print

Author:

William Edwin Adams

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Memoirs of a Social Atom

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1903

Vol:

1

Page:

164-5

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

William Edwin Adams, Memoirs of a Social Atom (London, 1903), 1, p. 164-5, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=7364, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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