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Record 13436

Reading Experience:

'I have received from you within these few months some very polite and liberal presents of new publications ; and though I was sorry you put yourself to any expense on my account, yet I was flattered by this mark of respect and good-will from gentlemen to whom I am personally unknown. I am quite sure, however, that you overlooked the purpose and tendency of a work called Elizabeth Evanshaw, or that you would not have sent it to a clergyman of the Established Church, or indeed to a clergyman of any church. [Smith then rebukes the publishers at length for producing irreligious books, including a translation of Voltaire, before going on to say that, nevertheless] I shall read all the works and tell you my opinion of them from time to time. I was very much pleased with the "Two Months in Ireland", but did not read the poetical part; the prosaic division of the work is very good'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 30 Jun 1827
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Foston
county: Yorkshire
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:Sydney Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Jun 1771
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Clergyman
Religion: Christian
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: William Pitt Scargill [anon.]
Title: Elizabeth Evanshaw
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
sent by the publishers, Hunt and Clarke


Source Information:

Record ID: 13436  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Nowell C. Smith
  Title: The Letters of Sydney Smith
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1953
  Vol: I
  Page: 466
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Nowell C. Smith (ed.), The Letters of Sydney Smith (Oxford, 1953), I, p. 466,, accessed: 16 April 2024

Additional comments:

Letter to Hunt and Clarke



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