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Record 2083

Reading Experience:

...a desire for information which was by no means whollly neglected even whilst I was an apprentice, I always found some time for reading, and I almost always found the means to procure books, useful books, not Novels. My reading was of course devoid of method, and very desultory. I had read in English the only language in which I could read, the histories of Greece and Rome, and some translated works of Greek and Roman writers. Hume, Smollett, Fieldings novels and Robertsons works, some of Humes Essays, some Translations from french writers, and much on geography -some books on Anatomy and Surgery, some relating to Science and the Arts, and many Magazines. I had worked all the Problems in the Introduction to Guthries Geography, and had made some small progress in Geometry.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jul 1785 and 31 Mar 1791
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Francis Place
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Nov 1771
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: apprentice to leather breeches maker
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Tobias George Smollett
Title: n/a
Genre: n/a
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2083  
Source - Print  
  Author: Francis Place
  Editor: Mary Thale
  Title: The Autobiography of Franis Place (1771-1854)
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 109
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Francis Place, Mary Thale (ed.), The Autobiography of Franis Place (1771-1854) (Cambridge, 1972), p. 109,, accessed: 25 February 2024

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