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Record 1303

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a former London pickpocket, turned patterer; grew up in Shropshire, father a Wesleyan minister: "...We often had ministers to dinner and supper at our house, and always after their meals the conversation would be sure to turn into discussions on the different points of doctrine... At this time I would be sitting there greedily drinking in every word, and as soon as they were gone I would fly to the Bible and examine the different texts of Scripture they had brought forward, and it seemed to produce a feeling in my mind that any religious opinions could be supported by it..."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1832 and 31 Dec 1850
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: county: Shropshire
location in dwelling: home
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: Clergy (includes all denominations)
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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 1303  
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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