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Record 10008

Reading Experience:

'"I however still love the hand upraised to shed my blood."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1812 and 30 Jun 1825
Country: England
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:Lady Caroline Lamb
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1785
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: socialite, novelist, inflential member of the Whig political elite
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n?e Ponsonby


Text Being Read:

Author: Alexander Pope
Title: Essay on Man
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10008  
Source - Print  
  Author: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)
  Editor: Paul Douglass
  Title: The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 207
  Additional comments: Letter to an anonymous correspondent which Douglass dates April-June 1824.

Citation: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), Paul Douglass (ed.), The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb (New York, 2006), n/a, p. 207,, accessed: 29 June 2022

Additional comments:

Douglass' footnote explains: 'A slightly misquoted line from Pope's Essay on Man (Epistle 1, sec. 3) that Caroline had entered into her Commonplace Book in 1812, saying Byron had often repeated it to her: It alludes to a puerile 'lamb' that 'licks the hand just raised to shed his blood."'



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