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Record Number: 8178


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'A few years ago the curate of the village called upon the old man to converse with him on religious matters; after some talk, he promised to send him a Bible, "his honour" also promising to read it after he received it. Shortly afterwards the curate was passing the cottage-door, and observed the old man employed with the book. The curate accosting him, said, "Well, Isaac, I am glad to see you reading your Bible." "Oh yes", replied Isaac, in a gruff tone of voice, - gruff, but not intentionally uncivil. "Will you tell me what you are reading about?" said the clergyman. "O, to be sure I will", was the answer, "I am reading all the wars of rascally Jews, and all that sort of thing; why, what a blood-thirsty race of men they were, Sir".'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1839

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edwinstowe

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:

Isaac

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (agricultural)

Occupation:

Forrester

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:

Bible

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

8178

Source:

Print

Author:

Christopher Thomson

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Autobiography of an artisan

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1847

Vol:

n/a

Page:

311

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Christopher Thomson, Autobiography of an artisan (London, 1847), p. 311, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8178, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

Anedoctal evidence - validity might be questioned.

   
   
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