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Record 12733

Reading Experience:

''4th-11th- Reading Homer and basking in the sun upon the sea side of the breakwater. Weather delicious. Have also been swallowing autobiographies - Gifford's, Thomas Elwood's, Capt. Crichton's autobiography by Dean Swift. Crichton was an old cavalry officer, an Irishman, who had served in Scotland under the bloodhound Dalzell, against the Covenanters: and as he could not tell his story decently himself, the Dean, while he was staying at Markethill, took down the facts from the old man and set them forth in his own words, but using the first person - Crichton loquente. The product is highly amusing: in every page you see a Dean of St Patrick's riding down the Whigamores, or a Sergeant Bothwell in canonicals thundering against Wood's Copper. But the best thing is that our admirable Dean makes Crichton (who did not care a button about the matter) deliver with bitter venom some of his, the Dean's, own Jonathan-Swiftean opinions about church government, and contradict and vituperate Bishop Burnet with an odium almost theological, and he a mere dragoon.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 4 Sep 1848 and 11 Sep 1848
Country: Bermuda
Time: n/a
Place: other location: on board "Dromedary Hulk", at Bermuda
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 Mitchel
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Nov 1815
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author, Irish Nationalist, under arrest for Treason
Religion: Presbyterian family
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Bermuda
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Dean Swift
Title: [Captain Crichton's autobiography]
Genre: Other religious, Biography, Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
library on board the hulk


Source Information:

Record ID: 12733  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Mitchel
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Jail Journal
  Place of Publication: Dublin
  Date of Publication: 1913
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 64
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Mitchel, Jail Journal (Dublin, 1913), p. 64,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:



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