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Record 1272

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews an "aristocratic" crossing sweeper of Cavendish-square: "There was the Earl of Gainsborough as I should like you to mention as well, please sir. He lived in Chandos-street, and was a particular nice man and very religious. He always gave me a shilling and a tract. Well, you see, I did often read the tract; they was all religious, and about where your souls was to go to -very good, you know, what there was, very good; and he used to buy 'em wholesale at a little shop, corner of High-street, Marrenbum."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1800 and 31 Dec 1840
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:

Reader:Billy ?
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: crossing sweeper
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: Other religious, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Pamphlet, religious tract
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1272  
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: 469
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 2, p. 469,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Mayhew stated that the crossing sweeper was about 69 years of age



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