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Record 1297

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a boy of 17, an inmate of a London workhouse: "I thought I should make my fortune in London -I'd heard it was such a grand place. I had read in novels and romances -halfpenny and penny books -about such things, but I've met with nothing of the kind."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1859
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: boy vagrant in London workhouse
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: Fiction, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Book, Serial / periodical, penny books
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1297  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 3
  Page: 390
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1861), 3, p. 390,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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