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Record Number: 14926


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Going down I spent reading of the "Five Sermons of Five Several Styles"; worth comparing one with another, but I do think when all is done, that contrary to the design of the book, the Presbyterian style and the Independent are the best of the five for sermons to be preached in; this I do by the best of my present judgement think.'

Century:

1600-1699

Date:

6 Sep 1668

Country:

England

Time

afternoon
daytime

Place:

city: London
other location: in a boat on the Thames

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 Pepys

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

23 Feb 1633

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Clerk of the Acts, Admiralty

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Abraham Wright

Title:

Five sermons in five several styles

Genre:

Sermon

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1656

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

14926

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Pepys

Editor:

Robert Latham

Title:

The diary of Samuel Pepys

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

9

Page:

300

Additional Comments:

Co-editor William Matthews

Citation:

Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys, (London, 1970), 9, p. 300, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=14926, accessed: 13 April 2021


Additional Comments:

His servant may have been reading the text to him. He writes at the end of this diary entry: 'My boy was with me, and read to me all day'

   
   
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