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Record 1582

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Report of prison chaplain on the progress of prisoner: "From his first arrival in gaol, he had been attended by the schoolmaster; and one day, when I examined his progress in learning to read, I was surprised and delighted to find that he had not only acquired the mechanical ability to spell and read words of one syllable, but, which was of much more consequence, that he was applying the simple lessons in the 'Child's First Book' to the very best purpose. The great truths contained in the little words of that book were finding their way into his mind..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1841
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Preston
other location: Gaol
   
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:

Reader:J.G.
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: casual manual labour before turning to crime
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: Child's First Book
Genre: Other religious, Children's Lit, Textbook / self-education
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
borrowed in gaol

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 1582  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Criminal and Destitute Juveniles [Commons] 1852 (facsimile edn Irish University Press, Shannon, 1970), p. 429,

Citation: Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee on Criminal and Destitute Juveniles [Commons] 1852 (facsimile edn Irish University Press, Shannon, 1970), p. 429, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=1582, accessed: 27 September 2022

Additional comments:

Statement mentions that prisoner 29 years of age

 

 

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