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Record 1302

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a former London pickpocket, turned patterer; grew up in Shropshire, father a Wesleyan minister: "I went to school to learn to write and cipher, and had before this learned to read at home with my father and mother. We had a very happy home and very strict in the way of religion... My father had family worship every night between 8 and 9 o'clock, when the curtains were drawn over the windows, the candle was lighted, and each of the children was taught to kneel separately at prayer. After reading the Bible, and half an hour's conversation, each one retired to their bed..."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1832 and 31 Dec 1850
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Shropshire
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 Oct 1830
Socio-economic group: n/a
Occupation: son of Wesleyan minister
Religion: Methodist
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
perhaps family members -unsure if reading was aloud or individual
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 1302  
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: 4
  Page: 317
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1861), 4, p. 317,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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