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Record Number: 5070


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Marginal comments throughout the text, generally of the format of a key word within the text being indicated with a cross and the marginal comment then arguing a related point - e.g. P.5, in the printed sentence "But whether or not our lands, during the whole of this period, have produced much less than usual, requires very extensive knowledge to determine, more probably, than any private person has any opportunity of acquiring", there is a cross above "private person" and in the RH margin, the marginalia reads "It is not the opinion of a private person. It seems to be the general opinion that there have been seasons of the bad crops for 5 or 6 years." On p.6, in the printed sentence, "Now, when the price of provisions is raised by bad crops, land continues of the same value, and the farmer cannot afford a higher rent," "same" has a cross above it, and the marginalia beside reads "Land can't continue of the same value so long as the crops are bad and the price of provisions is raised thereby and both the value of the land and provisions hightened [sic] still more by the quantity of currency." Further marginalia throughout the text.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

India or 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:

John Drummond Erskine

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

Apr 1776

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

East India Company writer, later a landowner

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

India or Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Adam Dickson

Title:

An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt

Genre:

Social Science

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

5070

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

Book with annotations, in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines Of Torrie in Fife: Adam Dickson, "An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt" (London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773), various pages. [DH LIB 485]. ,

Citation:

Book with annotations, in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines Of Torrie in Fife: Adam Dickson, "An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt" (London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773), various pages. [DH LIB 485]. , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5070, accessed: 13 June 2024


Additional Comments:

This item is from the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife. It has the provenance of John Drummond Erskine as have many items in the collection. The marginal notes are in his style and his area of interest but it is still possible that they were made by a previous owner. JDE started to collect books during his period of service with the East India Company until his death (ie 1796-1836).

   
   
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