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Record 5454

Reading Experience:

'Horne Tooke is a dirty dog - he gives the derivation of such words! - There sits Mr Wilbraham two hours every morning in the library, sniggering and shaking his fat sides over such grave nastiness as is enough to make a modest soul like me blush or turn sick: and he always puts a little paper mark into the worst passages to show them to me when I go down. Was ever anything so impertinent & insulting! As if I loved dirt.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Nov 1806 and 30 Nov 1806
Country: England
Time: morning: am (for 2 hours)
Place: other location: The Library, Delamere Lodge
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:Sarah Harriet Burney
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Aug 1772
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: governess
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: John Horne Tooke
Title: Epea Pteroenta, or the Diversions of Purley
Genre: Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5454  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sarah Harriet Burney
  Editor: Lorna J. Clark
  Title: The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney
  Place of Publication: Athens, London
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 74
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney (Athens, London, 1997), p. 74,, accessed: 02 June 2020

Additional comments:

read with George Wilbraham (1741-1813), but not sure if he is listener?



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