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Record 11811

Reading Experience:

'In the interim walked on the Sands & when there the rain descended more heavily, I nevertheless searched up some seaweed. Returned. Took shelter under the Museum cornice, & examined the Old Effigy, of which I had a plate engraved during my residence at Scarbro'. On looking at Posters on the walls, I discovered the announcements of Lectures on Geology on the Tuesday of the next week. This, thought I, is against me; and the weather unfavourable; & no lodgings at my old resort, made me regret my excursion; but subsequent success in obtaining subscribers for my lectures re-invigorated my spirit.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 21 Aug 1838 and 26 Aug 1838
Country: England
Time: morning: before breakfast (ie, before 8 am)
Place: specific address: wall of museum in Scarborough
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:John Cole
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Oct 1792
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Publisher / bookseller
Religion: Church of England
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:

Author: unknown
Title: Announcements of Lectures on Geology
Genre: Advertisement
Form of Text: Print: Poster
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 11811  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: John Cole
  Title: An account of the life of John Cole of Scarborough (started Scarborough 1829)
  Location: York Minster Archive
  Call no: Add Mss 153/14
  Page/folio: pp. 34-5

Citation: John Cole, An account of the life of John Cole of Scarborough (started Scarborough 1829) York Minster Archive, p. Add Mss 153/14, p. pp. 34-5,, accessed: 27 February 2024

Additional comments:

At this stage, John Cole was living in Northants. He planned a trip to Scarborough on a 'lecturing excursion'. The lecture on geology was timed for the day following John Cole's lecture on 'The Passions'. John Cole kept diaries throughout his life - and then used the diaries to produce a manuscript 'An Account of the life of John Cole of Scarborough' (started in 1829 - 18 volumes). Much of the substance of the MS is based on his diaries (and appears for much of the MS to be copied direct from his diaries). The original diaries are apparently no longer extant.



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