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Record 28242

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 1 October 1763:] 'The physical [i.e. medical] book I am studying at present is a very pretty treatise, "sur la gaiete," which the author recommends as essential to health, and as health is also essential to gaiety, he prescribes a proper regimen. One part of it I have long been in, for he advises above all things to avoid cards, large assemblies, routs, and strings of engagements for a fortnight beforehand. These he very justly calls chains and shackles, un art de s'ennuier, painful studies, and assujetissemens; 'tis a very pretty book. Talking of books, I will tell you in what a large one you have engaged me -- Dr Jortin's Life of Erasmus. I know you will wonder how [italics] I [end italics] could be tempted to read any thing of [italics] his [end italics], considering how widely (I thank God) we differ in some points; but in good truth, in this book, so far as I have gone, I have been very much pleased with him in many places, and found a candour that I did not expect.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Sep 1763 and 1 Oct 1763
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:Catherine Talbot
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 21 May 1721
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: John Jortin
Title: Life of Erasmus
Genre: Other religious, History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Described by reader as published in 'two thick quartos'.
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28242  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Montagu Pennington
  Title: A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1809
  Vol: 3
  Page: 65-66
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Montagu Pennington (ed.), A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787 (London, 1809), 3, p. 65-66, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28242, accessed: 18 August 2019

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