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Record Number: 27443


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Mr Longman to John Murray, from 2 Hanover Terrace (1838): 'Can you oblige me by letting me have a third volume of ["]Wilberforce." The fact is, that at in [sic] reading that work, my neighbour, Mr. Alexander, fell fast asleep from exhaustion, and, setting himself on fire, burnt the volume and his bed, to the narrow escape of the whole Terrace. Since that book has been published, premiums of fire assurance are up, and not having already insured my No. 2, now that the fire has broken out near my own door, no office will touch my house nor any others in the Terrace until it is ascertained that Mr. Alexander has finished with the book. So pray consider our position, and let me have a third volume to make up the set as soon as possible.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1838 and 31 Dec 1838

Country:

n/a

Time

n/anight

Place:

specific address: Hanover Terrace

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:

Mr Alexander

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

'Wilberforce' vol. 3

Genre:

History, Biography, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

27443

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Smiles

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1891

Vol:

2

Page:

440-441

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 2, p. 440-441, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27443, accessed: 22 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Not clear whether text by, or about, Wilberforce.

   
   
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