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Record 5835

Reading Experience:

'During these twelve months [inprison] I read with deep interest and much profit Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Hume's "History of England", and many other standard works- amongst others, Mosheims "Ecclesiastical History". The reading of that book would have made me a freethinker if I had not been one before.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1823 and 31 Dec 1824
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Coldbath Fields
other location: Prison room shared with William Tunbridge
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:James Watson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1799
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Prisoner. Arrested when working as Shopman, in Richard Carlile's bookshop in the Strand, for selling a copy of Plamer's Principles of Nature..
Religion: Church of England
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: Edward Gibbon
Title: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 5835  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: David Vincent
  Title: Testaments of Radicalism
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 111
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: David Vincent (ed.), Testaments of Radicalism (London, 1977), p. 111,, accessed: 10 December 2023

Additional comments:



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