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Record Number: 6703


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'At home all day. On reading Derham's notes on Boyle's lectures I find he says that Mr Boyle demonstrates that so slender a wire may be drawn from gold that from once ounce of gold a wire may be drawn 777,600 feet in length or 155 miles and a half. In the even Tho. Davy here and supped with us and stayed until 11 o'clock but drunk nothing, only 1 pint of mild beer. We read Smart's poems on immensity, omniscience and power.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

25 Dec 1755

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: East Hoathly
county: Sussex
location in dwelling: home

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:

Thomas Turner

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

9 Jun 1729

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

shopkeeper

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

read with Thomas Davy, not sure if listener or reader


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Christopher Smart

Title:

On the omniscence of the Supreme Being: a poetical essay

Genre:

Other religious, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1752

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6703

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Turner

Editor:

David Vaisey

Title:

The Diary of Thomas Turner

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1984

Vol:

n/a

Page:

19

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Turner, David Vaisey (ed.), The Diary of Thomas Turner (Oxford, 1984), p. 19, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=6703, accessed: 17 January 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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