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Record Number: 16555


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Did [Benjamin Bell] write these verses? If so, he seems young at the art like us, but not without powers of doing better; dactyls are always difficult to manage, and his accordingly are but a kind of flash in the pan - no damage is done; but the other piece has a sort of pococurante [little-caring] air about it which looks more like genius and truth, and answers greatly better. Except the last stanza, they are good. If he is only about twenty years of age or so, he may cultivate poetry with considerable hope: if nearer thirty I advise him never to write another line.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 24 Oct 1822 and 28 Oct 1822

Country:

SCotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edinburgh

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:

Charles Hughes Terot

Title:

Poems

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Sheet, Poems included in letter from Jane Baillie Welsh to TC

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned
Manuscript copy sent with letter


Source Information:

Record ID:

16555

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:

2

Page:

184

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 184, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=16555, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Jane Baillie Welsh, dated 28 October 1822 written at 3 Moray Street. Pages 183 - 190 in this edition. Dates of reading experience based on letter from JBW in which she enclosed the verses, and the date of TC's reply. Benjamin Bell was a friend of JBW's.

   
   
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