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Record Number: 7525


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Now, however, they [workmen] clubbed their pence to pay for a newspaper, and selected the "Weekly Political Register" of that clever man the late William Cobbett. This journal was in the form of a pamphlet. It was chiefly filled with the letters of correspondence and the political disquisitions of the proprietor. The only news it contained was that which related to the naval and military operations of the British forces. The "Political Register" was soon thought to be deficient in matters of general interest. It was therefore exchanged for the "Courier", which in a short time gave place to the "Independent Whig". From this time the men were warm politicians - not indeed very well conversant with public affairs, but what they lacked in knowledge they made up by a rather large amount of zealous partisanship. When they were too busy to look over the newspaper, they employed me as their reader - an office whose duties I found to be very pleasant.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1807 and 31 Dec 1807

Country:

England

Time

daytime

Place:

other location: at work

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

passive reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reading Group:

Thomas Carter, tailors, journeymen and apprentices at workshop

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
and labourer (non agricultural)

Occupation:

tailors, journeymen tailors, apprentices

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

tailors, journeymen tailors and apprentices at workplace


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Cobbett

Title:

Weekly Political Register

Genre:

Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper, Serial / periodical

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

reading group


Source Information:

Record ID:

7525

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carter

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Memoirs of a working man

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1845

Vol:

n/a

Page:

90

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carter, Memoirs of a working man (London, 1845), p. 90, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=7525, accessed: 18 April 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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