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Patrick Bronte


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Horace : 

Branwell Bronte to Hartley Coleridge, 27 June 1840: 'I have ... striven to translate 2 books [of Horace] ... the first of which I have presumed to send you ...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Patrick Branwell Bronte      Print: Book


Elizabeth Gaskell : novels

Patrick Bronte to Elizabeth Gaskell, June 1853, regarding Gaskell's planned visit to Haworth: 'From what I have heard my Daughter say of you, and from the perusal of your literary works, I shall give you a most hearty welcome, whenever you may come --'

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Patrick Bronte      Print: Book


Charlotte Bronte :  Jane Eyre

[Gaskell relates how Charlotte Bronte presented her father with 'Jane Eyre'] ''May I read you some reviews.' So she read them; and then she asked him if he would read the book. He said she might leave it, and he would see. But he sent them an invitation to tea that night, and towards the end of tea he said, 'Children, Charlotte has been writing a book - and I think it is a better one than I expected.''

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Patrick Bronte      Print: Book


 : Turenne's New French Manual for 1840

'In the Bronte Museum, there is a manuscript French phrase book, written and used by the Rev. Patrick Bronte during this [February 1842] visit to Brussels. It is a little home-made note-book, consisting of 36 pages, stitched into a back of limp, straight-grained calf. The first page is occupied by the following note: '"The following conversational terms, suitable to a Traveller in France, or any part of the Continent of Europe -- are taken from Turenne's New French Manual for 1840 -- and with those in my pocket book will be sufficient for me -- and must be fully mastered, and ready -- semper -- All these must be kept -- semper. There are first the French -- 2 -- The right pronunciation -- and lastly the English. [name and address details follow]" [...] 'The phrases written on the next 19 pages are divided under headings: -- Of the mind, -- Of food, -- Spices &c., -- Dessert and drink, -- Numerals, -- Days & Months, -- French Coin, &c. At the foot of p.17 is the following note: "I have thus made extracts once over all Turenne's excellent French Manual. May -- 1842 -- B."'

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


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