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Record 1280

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a juvenile crossing sweeper: "I can read and write -oh, yes, I mean read and write well -read anything, even old English; and I write pretty fair, -though I don't get much reading now, unless it's a penny paper -I've got one in my pocket now -it's the London Journal -there's a tale in it now about two brothers, and one of them steals the child away and puts another in his place, and then he gets found out, and all that, and he's just falling off a bridge now..."
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 Child (0-17)
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: London Journal
Genre: Fiction, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1280  
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: 495
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 2, p. 495,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Mayhew writes that he is about 15 years of age



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