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Record 1286

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a 'vagrant' of 18 years of age: "Of a night some one would now and then read hymns, out of books they sold about the streets -I'm sure they were hymns; or else we'd read stories about Jack Sheppard and Dick Turpin, and all through that set..."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1859
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
other location: low lodging house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive reactive 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: vagrant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
young men accommodated in the low lodging house
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: n/a
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book, Pamphlet, religious tracts sold in streets containing hymns
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 1286  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 3
  Page: 383
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 3, p. 383,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

could be listener or reader; unsure, but entered here as listener with other listeners



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