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Record 16578

Reading Experience:

'Byron's Magazine or rather Hunt's 'The Liberal' is arrived in town; but they will not sell it - it is so full of Atheism and Radicalism and other noxious isms. I had a glance of it one evening; I read it thro and found two papers apparently by Byron, and full of talent as well as mischief. Hunt is the only serious man in it, since Shell[e]y died: he has a wish to preach about politics and bishops and pleasure and paintings and nature, honest man; Byron wants only to write squibs against Southey and the like. The work will hardly do. If possible you shall see this number.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 18 Oct 1822 and 28 Oct 1822
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
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: Leigh Hunt (EDITOR)
Title: The Liberal
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: The Liberal - ran for four quarterly editions starting 1822
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16578  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 2
  Page: 190
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 190,, accessed: 10 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Jane Baillie Welsh dated 28th October 1822, written at 3 Moray Street. Pages 183 - 190 in this edition. Dates of reading experience based on date of this letter and TC's letter of 18th October in which he mentions that this periodical is about to be published.



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