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Record Number: 20065


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I was one Day exceedingly surprised when the Penny-post brought a Letter, directed to my Son; as it was marked [italics] Teddington [end italics] I open'd it, judging it was some business that Mrs [italics] Meade [end italics] wanted to have transacted; when, O shameful! it was a Love-letter to the Child, who was but sixteen Years of Age, and she is four Years older than I am, with a Direction to him to meet her at a Coffee-house in [italics] London [end italics], and an Offer of Marriage to him'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 31 Dec 1746

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

Laetitia Pilkington

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1708

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

clergyman's wife, divorced

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Mrs Meade

Title:

[letter to LP's son, Jack]

Genre:

letter

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Letter

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)
read, though addressed to her son


Source Information:

Record ID:

20065

Source:

Print

Author:

Laetitia Pilkington

Editor:

A.C. Elias

Title:

Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington

Place of Publication:

Athens GA

Date of Publication:

1997

Vol:

I

Page:

295

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Laetitia Pilkington, A.C. Elias (ed.), Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington, (Athens GA, 1997), I, p. 295, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=20065, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Date of birth 1708 or 1709. Assuming Jack (b 1730) is the son in question, date must be 1746.

   
   
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