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Record 1561

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Evidence of William Edward Hickson to Select Committee on Newspaper stamps: "I formed in the village where I am now living, when I first went there, an evening class of adult labourers, and as I was then very much interested in some very able articles that were being published in the 'Times', I thought I would read them to them in the evening; but I found that we did not get on at all; and upon cross-examination of some of my auditors afterwards, I discovered, to my surprise, that I could not read 20 lines of the leading article of the 'Times' without finding that there were 20 words in it which none of my auditors understood. I remember one passage which not one of the agricultural labourers to whom I was reading understood at all. The editor was speaking of some operation of our fleet in the channel; the word 'operations' puzzled them, the word 'fleet' puzzled them; they did not know what a fleet was, and they had not the slightest idea of what the channel meant."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1849
Country: England
Time: evening: evening
Place: n/a
   
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:

Reader:William Edward Hickson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: buyer of stock, member of board of guardians, involvement in hand loom enquiry
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
adult labourers in the village
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: The Times
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 1561  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps [Commons] 1851 (facsimile edition, Irish University Press, Shannon, 1969), p. 468,

Citation: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps [Commons] 1851 (facsimile edition, Irish University Press, Shannon, 1969), p. 468, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=1561, accessed: 04 October 2022

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