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Record 17433

Reading Experience:

'I have read no more of Boccac[c]io than his description of the plague which is extremely powerful from the hesitation you seemed to have in allowing me to read him I felt inclined to return it immediately - but on reflection I thought it silly to deprive myself of the pleasure of reading a clever work because it contained some exceptionable passages which I might pass of[f] even if I found them disagreeable - so I shall go on - at least as long as I find it for my good- '
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 20 Jan 1823
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Haddington
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: n/a
Occupation: N/A
Religion: Christian
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: Giovanne Boccaccio
Title: Decomerone o ver Cento Novelle
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
Procured for her by Thomas Carlyle - unclear whether on loan or purcashed on her behalf


Source Information:

Record ID: 17433  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Baillie Welsh
  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: 294
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jane Baillie Welsh, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 294,, accessed: 08 December 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle dated 28th February 1823, written at Haddington. Pages 294 - 296 in this edition. Estimated date range based on Carlyle's letter of 18 Feb in which he mentions that he is going to acquire the book for her. Correspondence doesn't make clear exactly when it arrived with JBW.



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