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Record 1265

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a 'cheap John': "From selling the printed songs, I imbibed a wish to learn to read, and, with the assistance of an old soldier, I soon acquired sufficient knowledge to make out the names of each song, and shortly afterwards I could study a song and learn the words without anyone helping me."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1849
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: a lodging house in Mill-lane, Deptford
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 Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: cheap john or jack
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:

Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Broadsheet, broadside ballads
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
purchased to sell


Source Information:

Record ID: 1265  
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: 337
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 337,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:



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