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Record Number: 8036


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'For some time before this I had found my eyes not so good as they had been, being now oblig'd to hold a book, when reading, farther from my eyes & finding some difficulties in seeing to read anything of a small print, or to write on the first bringing in of candles of an evening. Having made this observation on taking up a paper at the Bolt & Tun the evening before we went into Kent, Mr Drew (...) desired me to try his spectacles, which I at first scouted, but having at his desire placed them before my eyes, I found the confusion I had just complain'd done away, & that I co'd see the smallest type perfectly well, on which I determin'd on procuring a pair...'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 May 1802 and 31 May 1802

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: London
specific address: Bolt and Tun Inn, Bonverie Street
other location: Coffee room

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:

John Marsh

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

31 May 1752

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Composer / gentleman

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

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:

[newspaper]

Genre:

Ephemera, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)
Newspaper read at the inn


Source Information:

Record ID:

8036

Source:

Print

Author:

John Marsh

Editor:

Brian Robins

Title:

The Journals of John Marsh

Place of Publication:

New York

Date of Publication:

1998

Vol:

n/a

Page:

753

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John Marsh, Brian Robins (ed.), The Journals of John Marsh (New York, 1998), p. 753, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8036, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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