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Record 189

Reading Experience:

'During the Napoleonic Wars, Scottish cotton-spinner Charles Campbell earned 8s. to 10s. a week, but set aside a few pennies for a subscription library, where he read history, travels and the English classics. He joined a club of twelve men, mainly artisans and mechanics, who met weekly to discuss literary topics'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1805 and 1815
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Charles Campbell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1793
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: cotton spinner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [travels]
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Subscription Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 189  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 21
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 21,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Charles Campbell, "Memoirs of Charles Campbell" (1828) pp.3-6



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