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Record Number: 2086


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

...a desire for information which was by no means whollly neglected even whilst I was an apprentice, I always found some time for reading, and I almost always found the means to procure books, useful books, not Novels. My reading was of course devoid of method, and very desultory. I had read in English the only language in which I could read, the histories of Greece and Rome, and some translated works of Greek and Roman writers. Hume, Smollett, Fieldings novels and Robertsons works, some of Humes Essays, some Translations from french writers, and much on geography -some books on Anatomy and Surgery, some relating to Science and the Arts, and many Magazines. I had worked all the Problems in the Introduction to Guthries Geography, and had made some small progress in Geometry.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Jul 1785 and 31 Mar 1791

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

Francis Place

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

3 Nov 1771

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

apprentice to leather breeches maker

Religion:

n/a

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:

David Hume

Title:

[Hume's Essays]

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

2086

Source:

Print

Author:

Francis Place

Editor:

Mary Thale

Title:

The Autobiography of Franis Place (1771-1854)

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1972

Vol:

n/a

Page:

109

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Francis Place, Mary Thale (ed.), The Autobiography of Franis Place (1771-1854), (Cambridge, 1972), p. 109, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2086, accessed: 17 August 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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