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Record 931

Reading Experience:

'Uriah Plant, a wheelwright's son, affirmed that "My uncertainty about the truth of religion not only increased my sense of its importance... but gave me a habit of thinking, a love of reading, and a desire after knowledge"... he organized a discussion group devoted to religion and, over six years spent "only" ?21 10s. 9d. on books, mostly secondhand. He fearlessly read across the spectrum of theological opinion, including The Age of Reason'.
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: Between 1786 and 1829
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Leicester
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:Uriah Plant
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1786
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: office boy and bookkeeper
Religion: later a Wesleyan Methodist
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Paine
Title: The Age of Reason
Genre: Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 931  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 30,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Uriah Plant 'An Account of the Principal Events in the Life of Uriah Plant' (1829)



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