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Record 17226

Reading Experience:

'Wolfe was a great admirer of Gray's "Elegy"; and as he was going down the river with his officers, previous to the storming of Montreal, he read the poem to them to while away the time, for it was then a new thing, just published. When he had finished he turned to them and said, "Gentlemen, I had rather have been the author of that poem, and have given utterance to the sentiments expressed in it, than I would enjoy all the honour which I believe awaits us in this expedition".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 23 Jan 1758 and 13 Sep 1759
Country: Canada
Time: n/a
Place: other location: approaching Montreal
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:James Wolfe
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 2 Jan 1727
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Soldier, officer, General
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Canada
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
soldiers under his command
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Gray
Title: 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17226  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Missing Sewell
  Editor: Eleanor L. Sewell
  Title: The Autobiography of Elizabeth M. Sewell
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1907
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 109
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Missing Sewell, Eleanor L. Sewell (ed.), The Autobiography of Elizabeth M. Sewell (London, 1907), p. 109,, accessed: 21 June 2024

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