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Record Number: 10361


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Having just concluded the first volume of Sismondi's history, and the other not being yet arrived from Edinr, I think I cannot better employ the hour of leisure, which necessarily intervenes between the end of this and the beginning of a fresh employment, than in returning you my thanks for the kind and good-humoured letter which I received last Saturday.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1820 and 7 Jun 1820

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Mainhill, near Eccelefechan

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:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Dec 1795

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer / Academic

Religion:

Lapsed Calvinist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jean Charles Leonard Simonde de Sismondi

Title:

unknown history

Genre:

History

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

10361

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

259-260

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 259-260, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=10361, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Matthew Allen, dated 7thJune 1830, written at Mainhill. Pages 259-263 in this edition. Dates of reading experience are estimate based on his not having mentioned the book in any previous letter (letter before this was dated 3rd June), and date of current letter. Sismondi wrote several histories (including of the Italian Republic, and of France) - Carlyle does not specify which he is reading.

   
   
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