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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Guthrie : unknown [Guthries Geography]

...a desire for information which was by no means whollly neglected even whilst I was an apprentice, I always found some time for reading, and I almost always found the means to procure books, useful books, not Novels. My reading was of course devoid of method, and very desultory. I had read in English the only language in which I could read, the histories of Greece and Rome, and some translated works of Greek and Roman writers. Hume, Smollett, Fieldings novels and Robertsons works, some of Humes Essays, some Translations from french writers, and much on geography -some books on Anatomy and Surgery, some relating to Science and the Arts, and many Magazines. I had worked all the Problems in the Introduction to Guthries Geography, and had made some small progress in Geometry.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Francis Place      Print: Book


Thomas Guthrie : Man and the Gospel

'Got up about 7A.M. had some tea & commenced to read. I read a Christian Age & some from a book by Thos Guthrie, 'Man & the Gospel' which I enjoy very much. I then went down & read a good while to Mr Bennett who is still very sick. I did not go out very much for the day. After dinner I read to him again went to bed about 7-30.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: James Bennetts Williams      Print: Book


Thomas Guthrie : Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints

'Our last 3 Sundays have all been stormy and it is a great comfort to be able to read & think today. I have so often wished on the passage that Mr. Watson had his sermons published. We are very fortunate in having so many to choose from but I still think often of Mr. Watson & wish I could hear him, or next best, read his discourses. I suppose you will soon be missing him too ... I enjoyed the reading of Mr. Morton's parting present very much (Christ or the Inheritance of the Saints by Mr. Guthrie). Mr. Brown still reads a sermon to the shepherds. I think if all goes well we will spend only 2 more Sundays on the sea.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Jessie Scott Brown      Print: Book


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