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Record 1204

Reading Experience:

Dorothy Wordsworth describes receiving only 'two last volumes' of 'Mr Clarkson's Book': 'we may yet have to wait a fortnight or three weeks for the other [received by William Wordsworth at a separate address (Basil Montagu's)] ... We have determined not to read the Book till we can begin at the beginning, so I have done little more than turn over the leaves ... I think it is a very well-looking Book, with enough of stuff in each page, not too large margins, and a good type. As to the matter, it looks very nice, (I have heard you say that you can judge of a book in turning over the leaves) and I have read some very sweetly written bits.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jun 1806 and 30 Jun 1806
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:Dorothy Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Dec 1771
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
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: Thomas Clarkson
Title: Portraiture of Quakerism as taken from a view of the Moral Education, Descriptions, Peculiar Customs, Religious Principles, Political and Civil Oeconomy and Character of the Society of Friends
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 3 volumes. London, 1806.
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1204  
Source - Print  
  Author: William and Dorothy Wordsworth
  Editor: Ernest De Selincourt
  Title: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. The Middle Years, Part I: 1806-1811
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1969
  Vol: 1
  Page: 48-49
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ernest De Selincourt (ed.), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. The Middle Years, Part I: 1806-1811 (Oxford, 1969), 1, p. 48-49,, accessed: 06 June 2023

Additional comments:

From Dorothy Wordsworth to Catherine Clarkson, "[about June 27, 1806]"; letter postmarked 30 June 1806. See also p.18 n.2 for publication details on Clarkson's work.



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