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Record Number: 7736


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Above a month ago, I found Raynal's history of the E. and W. Indies, in a farmer's house of this neighbourhood. It were long to tell you fully my opinion of the work, which (according to Gibbon) the author, by a happy audacity, names philosophical as well as political... Opposite the title-page, beneath the picture of a sullen, thoughtful countenance, Sterne's Eliza Draper has written: William Thomas Raynal, defender of truth, humanity and liberty. An enlightened admirer of those sacred qualities...'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jul 1819 and 25 Aug 1819

Country:

Scotland

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:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Unknown

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:

Eliza Draper

Title:

Inscription to Raynal's 'History of the E. and W. Indies'

Genre:

Commendation of the book's author

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published 1770

Provenance

Found


Source Information:

Record ID:

7736

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:

1

Page:

194

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 194, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=7736, accessed: 25 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to John Ferguson dated 29th August 1819, written at Mainhill. Pages 192 - 196 in this edition. Dates of reading experience are an estimate based on Carlyle's reference to having found it 'above a month ago'. Details of publication given in editor's notes.

   
   
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