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Record Number: 19053


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'We have had a very blowing night [...] I was set this morning very gingerly by the fire-side in an elbow chair I had made lash to for me close by the Cabin Stove, with my back to the door. I had taken up a book and was reading as composedly as if sitting in my closet. I did not however enjoy this calm situation long, for presently I heard a rumbling just behind me [...] what was my surprize, when the cabin-door burst open and I was overwhelmed with an immense wave, which broke my chair from its moorings [...] I found myself swimming amongst joint-stools, chests, Tables and all the various furniture of our parlour.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 25 Oct 1774 and 31 Dec 1774

Country:

in transit

Time

morning

Place:

other location: At sea, aboard the Jamaica Packet

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:

Janet Schaw

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

none

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

in transit

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

unknown

Title:

unknown

Genre:

Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19053

Source:

Print

Author:

Janet Schaw

Editor:

Evangeline Walker Andrews with Charles MacLean Andrews

Title:

Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

1934

Vol:

n/a

Page:

42

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Janet Schaw, Evangeline Walker Andrews with Charles MacLean Andrews (ed.), Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776 (New Haven, 1934), p. 42, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=19053, accessed: 30 June 2022


Additional Comments:

Source ed. conjectures reader between 35 and 40 years old.

   
   
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