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Record 1260

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew's interview with an orphan flower girl and her sister: "'We've always had good health. We can all read'. [Here the three somewhat insisted upon proving to me their proficiency in reading, and having procured a Roman Catholic book, the 'Garden of Heaven', they read very well."
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1849
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: flower girl
Religion: Catholic?
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Henry Mayhew, social investigator
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Garden of Heaven
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1260  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 1
  Page: 135
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 135,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:

Mayhew states that the girl was about 15 years of age



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