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Record 589

Reading Experience:

Upon on of the interminable book-stalls, or rather book-walls, which display their leafy banners along the quays of the seine, I picked up a Cobbett's French Grammar for a Franc and a pocket dictionary for another. A fellow lodger lent me a Testament and a Telemaque, and to these materials I applied doggedly from six in the morningtill dinner time. I read the grammer through first, and then made an abridgement of it on a small pack of plain cards ...
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 May 1826 and 31 May 1826
Country: France
Time: morning: Between 6.00 am and 'dinner time'.
daytime: Between 6.00 am and 'dinner time'.
Place: city: Paris
location in dwelling: lodging house
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:Charles Manby Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1804
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Unemployed Printer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Cobbett
Title: A French Grammar, Or plain Instructions for the Le
Genre: Textbook / self-education
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 589  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Manby Smith
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Working Man's Way in the World
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1853
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 47
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charles Manby Smith, The Working Man's Way in the World (London, 1853), p. 47,, accessed: 01 February 2023

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