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Record 10361

Reading Experience:

'Having just concluded the first volume of Sismondi's history, and the other not being yet arrived from Edinr, I think I cannot better employ the hour of leisure, which necessarily intervenes between the end of this and the beginning of a fresh employment, than in returning you my thanks for the kind and good-humoured letter which I received last Saturday.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jun 1820 and 7 Jun 1820
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Mainhill, near Eccelefechan
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 Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Jean Charles Leonard Simonde de Sismondi
Title: unknown history
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10361  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 259-260
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 259-260,, accessed: 29 May 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Matthew Allen, dated 7thJune 1830, written at Mainhill. Pages 259-263 in this edition. Dates of reading experience are estimate based on his not having mentioned the book in any previous letter (letter before this was dated 3rd June), and date of current letter. Sismondi wrote several histories (including of the Italian Republic, and of France) - Carlyle does not specify which he is reading.



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