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Record 1916

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Witness statements in trial for tax offences: Jane Fuller: "I can neither read nor write; I had occasion to send a letter, and told Griffiths of it, he offered to write, and took pen and paper -I told him the persons name and my business, and he completed the letter and read it to me, it contained what I wanted, and answered my purpose very well, it was sent, and I received a very satisfactory answer. I have known him nine years -I have heard him read a story book, which was very entertaining, there was the names of fishes of the sea, and animals on the earth; I do not recollect the name of anything but the rattle snake." Q: "How long ago was this?" Fuller: "About nine years; it was at his house in Green parish -Ann Siders, his present wife was with him -I frequently called there, as I knew the people; it was one o'clock in the afternoon; he read an hour, or perhaps more, and told me the meanings of the things he read, about beasts, fishes and creeping things on earth..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 6 Jun 1821
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Green parish, Kent
   
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:George Griffiths
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: farmer's labourer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
June Fuller, wife of labourer, who asked him to compose letter for her
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: n/a
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
after composing for Fuller

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 1916  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 6 June 1821, Trial of James West, William Beer, John Richardson, Thomas Richardson, William Williams and Thomas Webster (t18210606-54),

Citation: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, 1 August 2006), 6 June 1821, Trial of James West, William Beer, John Richardson, Thomas Richardson, William Williams and Thomas Webster (t18210606-54), http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=1916, accessed: 25 September 2022

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