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Record Number: 25034


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

From the diary kept by George Grote for his fiancee, Harriet Lewin (1819): 'January, 1819. 'Sunday -- Rose about 9. After reading Ricardo for some little time, I set to and wrote down some stuff upon Foreign Trade [...] At 1 I mounted my horse and rode to the Park [...] Returned to dinner at 6, very tired; read some of Lessing's "Laocoon" [...] After tea set to at Ricardo again, but not finding my attention sufficiently alive, I dropt him, and looked over Melon's "Essai sur le Commerce," which I had had some curiosity to see. I found it the stupidest and most useless volume I ever opened.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1819 and 31 Jan 1819

Country:

England

Time

evening

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:

George Grote

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

17 Nov 1794

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Banker

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Melon

Title:

'Essai sur le commerce'

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Social Science, Economics

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

25034

Source:

Print

Author:

Harriet Grote

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Personal Life of George Grote by Mrs Grote. Compiled from Family Documents, Private Memoranda, and Original Letters to and from Various Friends

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1873

Vol:

n/a

Page:

32

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Harriet Grote, The Personal Life of George Grote by Mrs Grote. Compiled from Family Documents, Private Memoranda, and Original Letters to and from Various Friends , (London, 1873), p. 32, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=25034, accessed: 16 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Dates of individual diary entries not all given in source.

   
   
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