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Record 12120

Reading Experience:

'My Dear Sir, As you have long since ceased to be ?a colt? in the periodical paddock, you will not be surprised at my not having been able to find room in the next No. for that same paper. If you will leave it in my good keeping until the 28th. (February is a short month) we will astonish the Grand Jurors with it. I have laughed very heartily over it, and although I have never served (for I always pay my taxes when they won?t call any longer, in order to get a bad name in the parish and so escape all honors) I can see it is true to the life.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 29 Jan 1838
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 48 Doughty 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:Charles Dickens
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Feb 1812
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journalist and 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 Gaspey
Title: The Grand Juror
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Found
Sent to Dickens by Gaspey for the Miscellany.


Source Information:

Record ID: 12120  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Dickens
  Editor: Madeline House
  Title: The Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume One: 1820-1839
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1965
  Vol: 1
  Page: 363
  Additional comments: Additional editor: Graham Storey. Published by Clarendon Press as the Pilgrim edition.

Citation: Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume One: 1820-1839 (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 363,, accessed: 18 January 2022

Additional comments:

[Thomas Gaspey, ?The Grand Juror? in which the author, serving as a judge for the first time, was called a colt. Note 2.]



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