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Record 19268

Reading Experience:

'We rushed here for ten days on Monday; & last night your letter & Macmillan's Mag. followed us, and was received with a hearty greeting. 'We' are Meta, & Julia - for whose benefit we are come, as she has outgrown her strength - six inches in the last twelve months. - We are delighted with [italics] our [end italics] type, & that we don't print in double columns which is so trying to the eyes; we put the page of the Virginians by a page of Macmillan last night & you can't think how much more legible [italics] ours [end italics] was.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1 Nov 1859
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Whitby
county: Yorkshire
specific address: 1 Abbey Terrace
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:

Reading Group:Elizabeth Gaskell and her daughters 'Meta' and Julia
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: writer and clergyman's wife; clergyman's daughters
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Macmillan's Magazine
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
sent by George Smith (?)


Source Information:

Record ID: 19268  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  Editor: J.A.V. Chapple
  Title: Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The
  Place of Publication: Manchester
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 586
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, J.A.V. Chapple (ed.), Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The (Manchester, 1997), p. 586,, accessed: 18 February 2020

Additional comments:

Additional editor Arthur Pollard. Letter from Mrs Gaskell to George Smith, who was about to bring out the first number of the 'Cornhill' magazine, edited by Thackeray. Exactly what 'our' type is is ambiguous.



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