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Record Number: 9463


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Mary Berry to 'Mrs Somerville', from Bellevue, September 1834: 'I have just finished reading your book [apparently on astronomy], which has [italics]entertained[end italics] me extremely, and at the same time, I hope, improved my moral character in the Christian virtue of humility [...] Humbled I must be, by finding my own intellect unequal to following, beyond a first step, the explanations by which you seek to make easy to comprehension the marvellous phenomena of the universe'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1834 and 30 Sep 1834

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Bellevue

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:

Mary Berry

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 Mar 1763

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Mrs Somerville

Title:

[work on astronomy]

Genre:

Science

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

9463

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Lady Theresa Lewis

Title:

Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1865

Vol:

3

Page:

423

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852 (London, 1865), 3, p. 423, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=9463, accessed: 06 December 2022


Additional Comments:

In rest of letter Berry makes various plays on words involving stars and astronomical terms (pp.423-24 of source), thus suggesting astronomy as subject of Somerville' book.

   
   
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