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Record 1266

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a blind female seller of 'small wares', the conversation turns to her younger son: "My youngest son -he's now fourteen -is asthmatical; but he's such a good lad, so easily satisfied. He likes to read if he can get hold of a penny book, and has time to read it. He's at a paper-stainer's and works on fancy satin paper, which is very obnicious to such a delicate boy"
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1859
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: works at paper-stainer's
Religion: Protestant
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: Fiction, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Book, Broadsheet, Serial / periodical, penny book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1266  
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: 394
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 394,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

Mayhew comments that the boy was 14 years of age



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