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Record 3358

Reading Experience:

'At about age fifteen [Joseph Barker] found an old folio on anatomy and surgery by Helkiah Crooke (physician to James I) and was delighted by "certain parts of the work which treated on subjects whichare generally wrapt in mystery by people, and which my [Yorkshire Methodist] parents would have been least disposed for me to think about or understand." When he indiscreetly shared his knowledge with some friends, there was a general uproar and even death-threats. His angry parents confiscated the book then returned it "on condition that I would paste up two particular parts of it. But I soon took the liberty to break loose the sealed-up parts, and read them again".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: Yorkshire
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:Joseph Barker
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1806
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: soldier's son
Religion: Methodist
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: Helkiah Crooke
Title: [medical folio]
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Medicine
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 3358  
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: 208
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 208,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Joseph Barker, 'History and Confessions of a man, as put forth by himself' (Wortley, 1845), p.119-20.



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