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Record 110

Reading Experience:

'I think this extract from a western newspaper pretty nearly beats the record (slang again) for confusion of metaphors: "He [Sir Stafford Northcote] is a statesman, the blaze of whose parliamentary escutcheon has never yet been dimmed by the bar-sinister or inconsistency." What do you think of that?'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 22 Sep 1882
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Ivybridge
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:Francis Romano (Cecco) Oliphant
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1859
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer and layabout
Religion: Free Church
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [newspaper]
Genre: newspaper
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 110  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Oliphant
  Editor: Annie Coghill
  Title: Autobiography and Letters of Mrs M.O.W. Oliphant
  Place of Publication: Leicester
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 307
  Additional comments: Letter from F.R. (Cecco) Oliphant to Margaret Oliphant, 22 Sept [1882]

Citation: Margaret Oliphant, Annie Coghill (ed.), Autobiography and Letters of Mrs M.O.W. Oliphant (Leicester, 1974), p. 307,, accessed: 30 November 2023

Additional comments:



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