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Record Number: 21727


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'We viewed a remarkable natural curiosity at Islam; two rivers bursting near each other from the rock, not from immediate springs, but after having run for many miles under ground. Plott, in his "History of Staffordshire", gives an account of this curiosity; but Johnson would not believe it, though we had the attestation of the gardener, who said, he had put in corks, where the river Manyfold sinks into the ground, and had catched them in a net, placed before one of the openings where the water bursts out. Indeed, such subterraneous courses of water are found in various parts of our globe.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 22 Sep 1777

Country:

n/a

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

James Boswell

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

29 Oct 1740

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer and lawyer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Robert Plott

Title:

Natural History of Staffordshire

Genre:

Geography / Travel, Natural history

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

21727

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R.W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Boswell

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

866

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Boswell, (Oxford, 1980), p. 866, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=21727, accessed: 04 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791

   
   
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