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Record Number: 27318


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

John Barrow to John Murray, 1 September 1830: 'I sat up last night over Mr. Macleod's narrative till I had nearly got through it, which proves at least that it interested [italics]me[end italics], and I am much deceived if it will not interest others. There is no pretence of science or fine writing about it; but the story of the voyage, and the description of the Loo-Choo islands in particular, is told in a plain, intelligible, and unaffected manner. It will certainly make a very entertaining readable octavo volume'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

31 Aug 1830

Country:

n/a

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:

John Barrow

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Under-Secretary of the Admiralty

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Macleod

Title:

Voyage of the Alceste to China

Genre:

Autobiog / Diary, Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

Published by John Murray, 1817

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27318

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Smiles

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1891

Vol:

2

Page:

32

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray, (London, 1891), 2, p. 32, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=27318, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Barrow advised Murray as to which of the various journals and other accounts of voyages that came to him [Barrow] in MS through his work might be suitable for publication; see p.30 in source. Title of text identified by source author; see p.32.

   
   
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