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Maria Graham


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Maria Graham : unknown

Harriet Martineau, on her research for a story to be set in Ceylon: 'I gathered what I could from books, but really feared being obliged to give up a singularly good illustrative scene for want of the commonest facts concerning the social life of the Cingalese. I found scarcely anything even in Maria Graham and Heber. At this precise time, a friend happened to bring to my lodging [...] Sir Alexander Johnstone, who had just returned from governing Ceylon [...] Before we had known one another half an hour, I confided to him my difficulty. He started off [...] and was soon at the door again, with his carriage full of books, prints and other illustrations [...] Among the volumes he left with me was a Columbo almanack, which furnished me with names, notices of customs, and other valuable matters.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book


Maria Graham : Journal of A Residence in India

[present at dinner at Mr Murray's was] 'The Mrs Graham who wrote the lively India Journal, a delightful woman!'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Crabbe      Print: Book


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