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Record 2138

Reading Experience:

The whole or nearly the whole of the eight months when I was not employed was not lost. I read many volumes in history, voyages, and travels, politics, law and Philosophy. Adam Smith and Locke and especially Humes Essays and Treatises, these latter I read two or three times over, this reading was of great service to me, it caused me to turn in upon myself and examine myself in a way which I should not otherwise have done. It was this which laid the solid foundation of my future prosperity, and completed the desire I had always had to acquire knowledge.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jun 1793 and 1 Feb 1794
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: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: 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: John Locke
Title: n/a
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2138  
Source - Print  
  Author: Francis Place
  Editor: Mary Thale
  Title: The Autobiography of Francis Place (1771-1854)
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 119
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Francis Place, Mary Thale (ed.), The Autobiography of Francis Place (1771-1854) (Cambridge, 1972), p. 119,, accessed: 25 February 2024

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