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Record 1106

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Witness statement in trial for murder: Samuel Davis: [in reply to question about length of time he spent in the water closet] Some few minutes -I cannot say how long, not longer than was necessary... I had a newspaper reading there..." Jonathan Smithies [his defence]: "[Davis] asked me for my Sunday's newspaper, saying he wished to use the watercloset -he took the newspaper... [I waited] sufficient time for him to come out; I then went down again, having occasion to go to the watercloset myself, and asked him if he was coming out, when he said, 'I shall be half an hour yet' -he had the newspaper with him and I suppose he was reading it..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 27 May 1832
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
location in dwelling: at lodgings, in the water closet
   
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:Samuel Davies
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: apprenticed to cabinet maker, but now an auctioneer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: n/a
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
from fellow lodger

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 1106  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 5 July 1832, Trial of Jonathan Smithies (t18320705-4),

Citation: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 5 July 1832, Trial of Jonathan Smithies (t18320705-4), http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=1106, accessed: 25 September 2022

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