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Record 1261

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a sweet-stuff maker: "One of the appliances of the sweet-stuff trade which I saw in the room of seller before mentioned was -Acts of Parliament. A pile of these, a foot or more deep, lay on a shelf. They are used to wrap up the rock, etc, sold. The sweet-stuff maker bought his 'paper' of the stationers or at the old bookshops. Sometimes, he said, he got works in this way in sheets which had never been cut, and which he retained to read at his short intervals of leisure, and then used to wrap his goods in. In this way he had read through two Histories of England!"
Century: 1800-1849
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 in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

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


Text Being Read:

Title: History of England
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book, Serial / periodical, uncut sheets
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1261  
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: 204
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 204,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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