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Record Number: 10174


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Item transcribed into a commonplace book]: [Title] 'Long ago!'; [Text] 'Long ago!` Oh long ago!/ Do not these words recall past years?/ And scarcely knowing why they flow/ Bring to the eye unbidden tears?/ ...' [total = 4 x 8 line verses]

Century:

1800-1849, 1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1810 and 31 Dec 1871

Country:

n/a

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:

Anon

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

1787

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

The one item in the commonplace book which is clearly in a different hand



Text Being Read:

Author:

[unknown]

Title:

Long ago!

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

10174

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

n/a

Title:

Recueil

Location:

Dunimarle Library at Duff House

Call No:

DH LIB 2024

Page/Folio:

Item 58

Citation:

Anon, Recueil Dunimarle Library at Duff House, p. DH LIB 2024, p. Item 58, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=10174, accessed: 03 July 2022


Additional Comments:

A commonplace book containing 69 items, mainly in one hand. On the basis of writing style, nature of contents, dates of entries (1827-1871) and of the material selected (mainly poets from the late 18th to mid-19th century), and the watermark date (1810), the most likely identity of the main hand is Magdalene Sharpe-Erskine, the youngest child of the main generation who collected the Dunimarle Library. Fourteen of the items are exclusively or mainly prose, the rest are poetry. Most are in English. About half the items are given, by the complier, as anonymous and about a third have no title. In each case some 6 have been identified from other sources.

   
   
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