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Record 30068

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Meeting held at Ashton Lodge :- 3. 7. 37.

  Henry Marriage Wallis in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read & approved


7. The Meeting then gave its attention to Witches.

H. M Wallis led off with a paper on Witchcraft and readings were given from the following books:- MacBeth – The Witch Scene[?] by Janet Rawlings, Dorothy Brain, & Dorothea Taylor with F. E. Pollard & V. W. Alexander as Banquo & MacBeth
Samuel – The Witch of Endor scene by Mary Robson
Westward Ho (Lucy), by Dorothy Brain
Trials for Witchcraft, by Howard Smith
Precious Bane, by Rosamund Wallis

Between all these items there was considerable discussion. Members were able to vie with one another in tale of mystery and eerie happenings, and if all the conversation was not strictly relevant at least the interest did not flag.

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 3 Jul 1937
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Ashton Lodge, Kendrick Road
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Victor Alexander
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1887
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of the XII Book Club
Additional comments: It is assumed that it was Victor Alexander, as secretary of the club, who read out the minutes of the previous meeting.


Text Being Read:

Author: Victor Alexander
Title: [Minutes of the meeting of the XII Book Club held 5 May 1937]
Genre: Minutes
Form of Text: Manuscript: Notebook
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 30068  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Victor Alexander
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 188–9

Citation: Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938) private collection, p. 188–9,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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