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Record Number: 17451


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I am busy with Gibbon, my adorable's life of Necker (not yours) and Fiesko. Either Schiller's prose is much more difficult than his verse or my head is much thicker than it was in winter.- I hope it is not putting you to inconvenience my detaining these books so long[.] If you want them tell me instantly- '

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Apr 1823 and 16 Apr 1823

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Haddington
specific address: Family home

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:

Jane Baillie Welsh

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

14 Jul 1823

Socio-Economic Group:

n/a

Occupation:

N/A

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Germaine de Stael

Title:

Life of Necker [Jacques?]

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: BookManuscript: Letter

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

17451

Source:

Print

Author:

Jane Baillie Welsh

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

2

Page:

331

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jane Baillie Welsh, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 331, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17451, accessed: 02 March 2024


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle dated 16 April 1823, pages 331 - 335 in this edition. Estimated date range based on her last letter to Carlyle dated 1 April - they appear to discuss their respective readings at length and it is likely that she has only started reading this after the last letter. It is uncertain which book of de Stael's specifically she is reading but it is possible that it is a life of her father, Jacques Necker.

   
   
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