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Record Number: 26593


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Sunday, 16 July 1826: 'Very unsatisfactory to-day. Sleepy, stupid, indolent -- finished arranging the books and after that was totally useless -- unless it can be called study that I slumbrd for three or four hours over a variorum edition of the Gill-Hill's tragedy. Admirable recipe for low spirits [comments further on text]'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

16 Jul 1826

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Abbotsford

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:

Walter Scott

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1771

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

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:

Title:

'The murder of [William] Weare by Thurtell and Co. at Gill's-Hill, in Hertfordshire'

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

26593

Source:

Print

Author:

Walter Scott

Editor:

W. E. K. Anderson

Title:

The Journal of Sir Walter Scott

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1972

Vol:

n/a

Page:

174

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Walter Scott, W. E. K. Anderson (ed.), The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (Oxford, 1972), p. 174, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=26593, accessed: 02 March 2024


Additional Comments:

Source ed. quotes J. Gibson Lockhart on Scott's enthusiastic collection of printed trials, which he had bound with any associated ballads and prints (see p.174 n.2); not clear which form of text on this murder (trial report, ballad, etc) being read here.

   
   
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