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Record Number: 24100


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Directly after breakfast, the 'Goodwife' and the Doctor evacuate this apartment, and retire up stairs to the drawing-room, a little place all fitted up like a lady's work-box; where a 'spunk of fire' is lit for the forenoon; and I meanwhile sit scribbling and meditating, and wrestling with the powers of Dulness, till one or two o'clock; when I sally forth into city, or towards the sea-shore, taking care only to be home for the important purpose of consuming my mutton-chop at four. After dinner, we all read learned languages till coffee (which we now often take instead of tea), and so on till bed-time...'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Oct 1826 and 2 Jan 1827

Country:

Scotland

Time

evening

Place:

specific address: 21 Comely Bank

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

Not clear whether they were each reading their own books, or reading aloud to each other - or a mixture of the two.


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Unknown

Title:

Unknown

Genre:

Languages

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

24100

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:

4

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), 4, p. 184, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=24100, accessed: 01 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Alexander Carlyle, dated 3rd February 1827, written at 21 Comley Bank. Pages 181-186 in this edition. Estimated date range based on when Carlyle and Jane Baillie Welsh married, and the date of this letter.

   
   
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