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Record 16440

Reading Experience:

'I have been most shockingly idle, actually reading two novels at once. a good scolding would do me a vast deal of good, & I hope you will send one of your most severe one's.? What an entertaining book Granby is; do you remember Lady Harriet talking about inhaling [Ni]tric Oxide? Johnson has actually done it, & describes the effects as the most intense pleasure he ever felt. We both mean to get tipsey in the Vacation.?. The old Mr. Wedgwood, I see in Ure's Chem. Dic., did nothing else but hold his nose & kick.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 29 Jan 1826
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:Charles Darwin
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 Feb 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Scientist and writer
Religion: atheist
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 Henry Lister
Title: Granby
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1826
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16440  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Darwin Correspondence Project:,

Citation: Darwin Correspondence Project:,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:



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