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Record Number: 5119


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I had read some little of Laplace when I saw you; & I continue to advance with a diminishing velocity. I turned aside into Leslie's conics - '

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 25 Apr 1818 and 25 May 1818

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy

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:

Simon-Pierre Laplace

Title:

Exposition du systeme du monde

Genre:

Other religious, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published 1796

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5119

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, South Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

127

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 127, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5119, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 25th May 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 126 - 130 in this edition. Estimated dates of reading experience based on a reference that Carlyle makes in a letter to James Johnston dated 30th April 1818, that Mitchell came to stay with him 'the other week'.

   
   
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