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Record 8168

Reading Experience:

'My father was likewise very fond of reading; he now proposed to encourage my love of books, by entering me a subscriber to one of the circulating libraries. I had the pleasure of being my father's instructor in reading and writing, and this kind offer to procure me books was a high reward for so doing - previously, I had great difficulty in getting books to read, except the tracks and magazines supplied by the chapel libraries and Sunday school teachers.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1804 and 31 Dec 1814
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hull
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:Christopher Thomson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Dec 1799
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Apprentice ship builder
Religion: 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: [unknown]
Title: [religious magazines]
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
from chapel libraries and Sunday school teachers


Source Information:

Record ID: 8168  
Source - Print  
  Author: Christopher Thomson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Autobiography of an artisan
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1847
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 65
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Christopher Thomson, Autobiography of an artisan (London, 1847), p. 65,, accessed: 25 February 2024

Additional comments:



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