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Record 373

Reading Experience:

'In the spring of 1826, after getting through Valpy's Delectus, and a part of Stewart's "Cornelius Nepos, " and also a part of Justin, but somewhat clumsily, with the help of Ainsworth's Dictionary, I commenced Caesar, and sped on well, so that by the time I had reached the third book, "De Bello Gallico, " I found myself able to read page after page, with scarcely more than a glance, now and then, at the dictionary. I remember wll myfirst triumphant feeling of this kind. I sat on Ping
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Mar 1826 and 31 May 1826
Country: England
Time: morning: 5am
Place: specific address: Pingle Hill, Gainsborough
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:Thomas Cooper
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 20 Mar 1805
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: shoemaker
Religion: Weslyan 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: Caesar
Title: Commentaries On The Gallic War
Genre: History, Heraldry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 373  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Cooper
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Life Of Thomas Cooper
  Place of Publication: Leicester
  Date of Publication: 1971/ 1872
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 59 - 60
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Cooper, The Life Of Thomas Cooper (Leicester, 1971/ 1872), p. 59 - 60,, accessed: 01 February 2023

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