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Record 7321

Reading Experience:

'? with the exception of Bible lessons at Sunday school, all my reading was done at home, after the daily task was finished. When not strongly tempted to play I was almost certain to be reading by the summer?s twilight, or by the red embers of the winter's fire, my books being chiefly "Wesley?s Journals", "The Armenian Magazine", wherein I found "Maundrell?s Travels from Aleppo to Jerusalem", which I was very much interested by; "An account of the Inquisition in Spain", which filled me with a dislike of Popery"; "The Drummer of Tedworth"; "Some account of the Disturbances at Glenluce"; "An account of the Apparition of the Laird of Cool", - and other most marvellous narratives which excited my attention, and held me pausing over the ashes until the light was either gone or I was sent to bed. I also got hold of an old superstitious doctoring book, which gave me some unexpected information relative to the human frame, and equally surprised me as to the occult powers of certain herbs and simples, when prepared under supposed planetary aspects. A copy of Cocker?s "Arithmetic" soon after set me to writing figures and casting accounts, in which I made but slow progress; and part of a small volume of "The History of England", which I found in rumaging an old meal ark, gave me the first insight into the chronicles of my native country.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1800 and 31 Dec 1810
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Middleton
county: Lancashire
location in dwelling: at home by the fire
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:Samuel Bamford
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Feb 1788
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: son of muslin weaver
Religion: n/a
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: [unknown]
Title: The History of England
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 7321  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Bamford
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Early Days
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1849
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 110-1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Bamford, Early Days (London, 1849), p. 110-1,, accessed: 21 June 2024

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