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Record 1271

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a regular scavager: "No, I can't say I was sorry when I was forced to be idle that way, that I hadn't kept up my reading, nor tried to keep it up, because I couldn't then have settled down my mind to read; I know I couldn't. I likes to hear the paper read well enough, if I's resting; but old Bill, as often volunteers to read, has to spell the hard words, so that one can't tell what the devil he's reading about."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1859
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
other location: probably at the public house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive 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: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
the regular scavager (concerned with London's rubbish collection) and probably others
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: n/a
Title: [newspaper]
Genre: Ephemera, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 1271  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 2
  Page: 225
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 2, p. 225,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:



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