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Record Number: 6681


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In conformity with ancient custom, I ought now to transmit you some account of my studies- But I have too much conscience to dilate upon this subject... On the same authority [a small Genevese], I inform you that Horace Benedict Saussure (whose beautiful voyages I have not yet finished) died 20 years ago; but Theodore, his son, is still living.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 27 Nov 1818 and 8 Jan 1819

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:

Horace Benedict Saussure

Title:

Voyages dans les Alpes

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London and Paris 1818 (editor's note)Neuchatel, 1779-96

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6681

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:

162

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. 162, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6681, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell dated 15th January 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 159-163 in this edition. Refer also RED ref 6619 for previous reference to this work - dates of experience are an estimate based on a previous reference to this work in a letter to Robert Mitchell dated 27th November 1818.

   
   
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