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Record 10052

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Item transcribed into a commonplace book]: [Title] 'England'; [text] 'The late excellent Dr Clark thus apostrophizes his/ native country in the last volume of his travels & few/ men have seen more of the world'. 'Oh England! decent abode of comfort and /cleanliness, & decorum! Oh blessed assylum of all/ that is worth having upon earth ? Where'er I roam, whatever realms I see/ My heart, untravelled, fondly turns to thee' [total =15 lines of extract with 3 lines of introduction. The final two lines are from 'The traveller' by Oliver Goldsmith. It is uinclear whether they are in Clark's text or are added]
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1810 and 31 Dec 1871
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:Magdalene Sharpe- Erskine
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1787
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Daughter of a Scottish land owning family
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: Identity of reader is tentative

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Dr Clark
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 10052  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Magdalene Sharpe- Erskine
  Title: Recueil
  Location: Dunimarle Library at Duff House
  Call no: DH LIB 2024
  Page/folio: Item 19

Citation: Magdalene Sharpe- Erskine, Recueil Dunimarle Library at Duff House, p. DH LIB 2024, p. Item 19, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=10052, accessed: 24 August 2019

Additional comments:

A commonplace book containing 69 items, mainly in one hand. On the basis of writing style, nature of contents, dates of entries (1827-1871) and of the material selected (mainly poets from the late 18th to mid-19th century), and the watermark date (1810), the most likely identity of the main hand is Magdalene Sharpe-Erskine, the youngest child of the main generation who collected the Dunimarle Library. Fourteen of the items are exclusively or mainly prose, the rest are poetry. Most are in English. About half the items are given, by the complier, as anonymous and about a third have no title. In each case some 6 have been identified from other sources.

 

 

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