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Record 7944

Reading Experience:

[Smith joins a reading group of seven with a view to self-improvement] 'We got a good room, with such attendance as we required, at the sum above named; and thus, for sixpence a week each, with an additional three-halfpence in winter time for firing, we had an imperfect, it is true, but still an efficient means of improvement at our command. Here we met nearly three hundred nights in the year, and talked, read, disputed and wrote "de omnibus rebus et quibusdam aliis" until the clock struck eleven.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1824 and 31 Dec 1824
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Devon
other location: room at a public 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: Apprentice printer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Reading group
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [various]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 7944  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Manby Smith
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Working man's way into the world
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1857
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 14
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charles Manby Smith, Working man's way into the world (London, 1857), p. 14,, accessed: 04 March 2024

Additional comments:



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