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Record 1554

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Evidence to Parliamentary Committee from Rev. Thomas Spencer, a Church of England clergyman: "I was appealed to in the parish of which I was incumbent for 22 years, by the wife and children of a man who was coming home drunk very frequently and I went to speak to him and he said, 'I tell you, Sir, I never go to the public house for beer, I go for the news; I have no other way of getting it; I cannot afford to pay the five pence, but unfortunately I go on drinking till I have spent a shilling, and I might as well have bought the paper in the first instance; still, that is my reason, my only reason for going to the public house; I hear people read the paper and say what is going on in London, and it is the only place where I get the news.'"
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1849
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: other location: public house
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Listener: anon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: unknown
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
other drinkers -working men in the public house
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: n/a
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
newspaper of the public house

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 1554  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps [Commons] 1851 (facsimile edition, Irish University Press, Shannon, 1969), p. 352,

Citation: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps [Commons] 1851 (facsimile edition, Irish University Press, Shannon, 1969), p. 352, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=1554, accessed: 01 October 2022

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