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De Guignes : History of the Dutch Embassy to China

From Autobiographical Memoir of Sir John Barrow (1847): '[William Gifford] begged me to name any book to make choice of, which he would take care to send to me [for reviewing]. [...] I mentioned one I had just been reading, De Guignes's "History of the Dutch Embassy to China"'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Barrow      Print: Book


Walter Scott : Tales of My Landlord

John Murray to Walter Scott, on reception of Tales of My Landlord, 14 December 1816: 'Lord Holland said, when I asked his opinion: "Opinion? we did not one of us go to bed all night, and nothing slept but my gout." Frere, Hallam, and Boswell; Lord Glenbervie came to me with tears in his eyes. "It is a cordial," he said, "which has saved Lady Glenbervie's life." Heber, who found it on his table on his arrival from a journey, had not rest till he had read it. He has only this moment left me, and he, with many others, agrees that it surpasses all the other novels. Wm. Lamb also; Gifford never read anything like it, he says; and his estimation of it absolutely increases at each recollection of it. Barrow with great difficulty was forced to read it; and he said yesterday, "Very good to be sure, but what powerful writing is [italics]thrown away[end italics]."' '

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group:      Print: Book


Macleod : Voyage of the Alceste to China

John Barrow to John Murray, 1 September 1830: 'I sat up last night over Mr. Macleod's narrative till I had nearly got through it, which proves at least that it interested [italics]me[end italics], and I am much deceived if it will not interest others. There is no pretence of science or fine writing about it; but the story of the voyage, and the description of the Loo-Choo islands in particular, is told in a plain, intelligible, and unaffected manner. It will certainly make a very entertaining readable octavo volume'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Barrow      Manuscript: Unknown


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