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Record Number: 17535


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'My [underlined] vast [end underlining] dear Sister! O why, instead of 5, not give us [underlined ten, twenty [end underlining], of such dear delicious people? - I have devoured the whole, - and now feel so forlorn, so grieved to have none for tomorrow, that I tremble lest some grievous melancholly malady should seize upon me! - One after another, and then almost all at once, I have loved every soul among them so much, that to part with them is quite dreadful. Dear Sir Hugh! - But to me, if not most dear, at least most amusing Sir Sedley - where did you pick up that delightful, ridiculous [underlined] vast [end underlining] enchanting creature? - and how could you be so cruell as to dismiss him to the Hebrides with such a stink and never let us hear of him again? - I missed him [underlined] ineffably [end underlining] - I love him [underlined] superlatively [ end underlining], and, at the last moment, must own, I hated him [underlined] inexpressibly [end underlining]! sweet good little Eugenia! - Shall I ever dare to grumble again at a [underlined] red nose [end underlining] and a [underlined] dwarfs height [end underlining! - I wish, however, I had, like her, a little Latin and greek to make it go down rather more palateably. Of Camilla herself what can I say sufficiently expressive of my rapturous fondeness for her! [Burney then continues for several paragraphs to analyse and admire characters and plot of her half-sister's novel...] [underlined] Enfin [end underlining], with blessings and thanks that (tho' not for [underlined] me [end underlining] singly in the world you have brought forth so unequalled a treeat, I will conclude by signing myself the most enchanted of readers & affectionate of sisters'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1796 and 15 Jul 1796

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
specific address: Chelsea College

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:

daughter of music historian Charles Burney; later writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Frances Burney

Title:

Camilla; or, a Picture of Youth

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

17535

Source:

Print

Author:

Sarah Harriet Burney

Editor:

Lorna J. Clark

Title:

Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The

Place of Publication:

Athens GA / London

Date of Publication:

1997

Vol:

n/a

Page:

17-18

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 17-18, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17535, accessed: 03 February 2023


Additional Comments:

letter to Frances (Burney) D'Arblay, 15th July 1796; part of letter written with Charles Burney.

   
   
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