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Record 11491

Reading Experience:

'Tell David Fergusson that I am charmed with his manuscript [a handwritten copy of Carlyle's "Life of Pascal"]; it is the prettiest [that] ever was written for the Encyclopaedia, and perfectly correct.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 19 Jul 1821
Country: Scotland
Time: afternoon: Tea-time
Place: city: Edinburgh
specific address: Robertson's Lodgings, 16 Carnegie Street
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: Thomas Carlyle
Title: Life of Pascal
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Manuscript: Sheet, Handwritten copy of Carlyle's own text
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11491  
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: 373
  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. 373,, accessed: 22 April 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Thomas Carlyle to John A. Carlyle, dated 19th July 1821, written at Edinburgh (address as given in Editor's notes). Pages 370-374 in this edition. Date of reading experience is estimate - Carlyle does not mention this copying before and it appears that John A. Carlyle included it with his current letter to TC.



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