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Record 12411

Reading Experience:

'we had reached a cell in the west wing, to which the first letter was addressed. The women were locked up in their cells during tea-time, and the clerk, placing her mouth close against the door, called the name of the prisoner located within. "Yes, mum", was the answer that came from the cell. "Here's a letter for you", added the clerk, as she stooped down and threw the document under the door. In a moment there was a postive scream of delight from within, followed by a cry of "Oh! how glad I am". Then we could hear the poor creature tear open the sheet, and begin mumbling the contents to herself in half hysteric tones.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1860 and 31 Dec 1862
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
specific address: Brixton Prison
other location: in her cell
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:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: prisoner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [letter]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 12411  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Criminal Prisons of London
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1862
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 193
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, The Criminal Prisons of London (London, 1862), p. 193,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:



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