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Record Number: 8836


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Mary Berry to a friend, 14 December, 1798: 'During my illness I have finished the 2nd vol. of Wraxhall which I had just begun at Brandsby, and which I like better and better the farther I go. I have consulted, too, one of his authorities for many things in the age of Henry the Third, Montaigne's Essays, a very curious and an [italics]astonishing[end italics] book, considering the times in which it was written, and which one never consults without entertainment. I have re-read, too, Condorcet's book, and compared his ideas and arguments on the subject of population with those of the Essay [by Malthus] we have been reading, and certainly the Essay has not only the best of the argument [...] but is absolute [italics]conviction[end italics]on the subject of the different ratios in which population, and the means of subsisting that population, increase'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Nov 1798 and 14 Dec 1798

Country:

England

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:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Robert Malthus

Title:

Essay on the Principle of Population

Genre:

Social Science, Economics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1798

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

8836

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Lady Theresa Lewis

Title:

Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry From the Year 1783 to 1852

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1865

Vol:

2

Page:

74

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry From the Year 1783 to 1852, (London, 1865), 2, p. 74, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=8836, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

In letter of 19 November 1798 to same friend, Mary Berry refers to 'the "Essay on Population" which Mr. Wrangham left with you' (see p.73 in source), so book apparently not read as group, but separately by the two readers, Berry having lent it to the other.

   
   
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