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Record Number: 21678


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

' [letter from Sir Alexander Dick to Johnson] I had yesterday the honour of receiving your book of your "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland", which you was so good as to send me, by the hands of our mutual friend, Mr. Boswell, of Auchinleck; for which I return you my most hearty thanks; and after carefully reading it over again, shall deposit in my little collection of choice books, next our worthy friend's "Journey to Corsica". As there are many things to admire in both performances, I have often wished that no Travels or Journeys should be published but those undertaken by persons of integrity and capacity to judge well, and describe faithfully, and in good language, the situation, condition, and manners of the countries past through.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 17 Feb 1777

Country:

Scotland

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:

Alexander Dick

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

23 Oct 1703

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

doctor and peer

Religion:

n/a

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:

Samuel Johnson

Title:

Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned
gift from Johnson


Source Information:

Record ID:

21678

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R.W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

794-5

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 794-5, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=21678, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791.

   
   
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