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Record Number: 7368


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

?[James Watson?s] mother, who was left a widow soon after he was born, obtained a situation at the parsonage, where she read Cobbett?s "Register" and "saw nothing bad in it". James himself was apprenticed to the clergyman to "learn field labour" but his indentures, owing to the reverend gentleman leaving Yorkshire for another part of the country, were cancelled before he had finished his time. Thereupon the youth set out for Leeds in search for friends and employment. While working in a warehouse, he too began to read Cobbett?s "Register" and "saw nothing bad in it". Besides Cobbett?s writings, he early made the acquaintance of the Radical literature of the day ? Wooler?s "Black Dwarf" and Carlile?s "Republican".?

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

location in dwelling: at the parsonage, home of the clergyman
other location: at work

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:

Mrs Watson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

Feb 1799

Socio-Economic Group:

Servant

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

mother of James Watson



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Cobbett

Title:

Political Register

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper, Serial / periodical

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (private library)
from the clergyman for whom she worked


Source Information:

Record ID:

7368

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:

186

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

William Edwin Adams, Memoirs of a Social Atom (London, 1903), 1, p. 186, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=7368, accessed: 04 March 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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