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Record 16551

Reading Experience:

'This unfortunate O'Meara, It was the merest chance he was not sent to extend his localities in the Highlands. I would have returned the book immediately, finding how long it had been here, had the subject been any other than Napoleon - however I made what haste I could with it; but though I read whenever a temporary cessation of civilities on the part of the inhabitants left a minute at my own disposal, I only finished it at twelve o'clock the night you wrote for it - '
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 18 Oct 1822
Country: Scotland
Time: night
Place: city: Ardachy, Fort Augustus
specific address: Family home
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:Jane Baillie Welsh
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 14 Jul 1801
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Amateur writer
Occupation: Amateur writer
Religion: Christian - denomination unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Barry Edward O'Meara
Title: Napoleon in Exile; or, A Voice from St Helena
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published 1822, 2 vols
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 16551  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Baillie Welsh
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, South Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 2
  Page: 178
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jane Baillie Welsh, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 178,, accessed: 19 August 2019

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle, dated c.24 October, written at Haddington. Pages 178 - 181 in this edition. Date of reading experience surmised from Carlyle's letter to JBW 18 October in which he asks for the return of the book, and JBW's reference to the date of that letter. Information on the O'Meara book given in Editor's notes.



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