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Record 16552

Reading Experience:

'I liked Milman's books better than your scanty recommendation led me to expect- The gentleman is certainly a poet - he excells in description - the outlines of his pictures want charecter [sic] but his colouring is rich and brilliant, and on the whole his manner is very graceful - he fails sadly when he makes his personages speak and feel - however 'the Bright City' is not without heart - the episode of Lilian and Vortimer is very natural and pathetic, and Rowena's love is quite Byronical - I think if you have not read it, it is worth your time - How very presumptuous it is in me to attempt criticising such an Author as Milman!-'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 18 Oct 1822
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ardachy, Fort Augustus
specific address: Family home
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:Jane Baillie Welsh
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 14 Jul 1801
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Amateur writer
Occupation: Amateur writer
Religion: Christian - denomination unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Hart Milman
Title: Samor, the Lord of the Bright City
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published 1818
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 16552  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Baillie Welsh
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, South Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 2
  Page: 178-179
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jane Baillie Welsh, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 178-179,, accessed: 24 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle, dated c.24 October, written at Haddington. Pages 178 - 181 in this edition. Date of reading experience surmised from Carlyle's letter to JBW 9 August 1822 in which he refers to sending her the Milman, and the date of this reply. Information on publication dates etc given in Editor's notes.



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