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Record 1234

Reading Experience:

Dorothy Wordsworth describes to Thomas De Quincey how John Wordsworth received a letter from him: "When your Friend Johnny came from school last night, his mother said to him, 'Here is a letter from - .' 'From,' he replied, 'Mr. De Quincey?' ... he ... asked me to read [it]; which I did, with a few omissions and levelling the language to his capacity ... you would have thought yourself well repaid for the trouble of writing it if you could only have seen how feelingly he was interested."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 6 Mar 1809 and 6 Mar 1809
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Dorothy Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
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)
John Wordsworth (aged around 6)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas De Quincey
Title: Letter
Genre: letter
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1234  
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: 291
  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. 291,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

From Dorothy Wordsworth to Thomas De Quincey, [7 March 1809].



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