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Record 8598

Reading Experience:

'We all worked very hard, particularly Mr John Jones and me, in order to get money to purchase books; But what we wanted in judgement in choosing our library, we made up in application; and so anxious we were to read a great deal, that we allowed ourselves but about three hours sleep in twenty-four, and for some months together we never were all in bed at the same time, (Sunday nights excepted). But lest we should oversleep the time allowed, one of us sat up to work until the time appointed for the others to rise, and when we all were up, my friend John, and your humble servant, took it by turns to read aloud to the rest, while they were at their work.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1769 and 31 Dec 1769
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bristol
other location: St Phillip's Plain
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 Lackington
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 11 Sep 1746
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Apprentice shoemaker
Religion: Wesleyan
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
John Jones, Richard Jones and sisters. Workmates.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: various
Genre: Sermon, Other religious, Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
His and his friends' library


Source Information:

Record ID: 8598  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Lackington
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Memoirs of the first forty-five years of the life of James Lackington
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1791
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 91-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Lackington, Memoirs of the first forty-five years of the life of James Lackington (London, 1791), p. 91-3,, accessed: 27 February 2024

Additional comments:

Listed books they bought: Polhil on precious faith; Polhil on Decrees; Shepherd's sound believer; Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress; Bunyan's Good news for the vilest of sinners; Bunyan's Heavenly footman; his Grace abounding to the chief of sinners' Alleire's Sure guide to heaven; The Sincere convert; Watson's Heaven taken by storm; Heaven's vengeance; Wall's None but Christ; Aristotle's Masterpiece; Coles on God's Severeignty; Chanock on Providence; Young's Short and sure guide to Salvation; Wesley's Sermons, Journals Tracts etc and others of the same description.'



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