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Record 17451

Reading Experience:

'I am busy with Gibbon, my adorable's life of Necker (not yours) and Fiesko. Either Schiller's prose is much more difficult than his verse or my head is much thicker than it was in winter.- I hope it is not putting you to inconvenience my detaining these books so long[.] If you want them tell me instantly- '
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Apr 1823 and 16 Apr 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 1823
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: Germaine de Stael
Title: Life of Necker [Jacques?]
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 17451  
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: 331
  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. 331,, accessed: 29 May 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle dated 16 April 1823, pages 331 - 335 in this edition. Estimated date range based on her last letter to Carlyle dated 1 April - they appear to discuss their respective readings at length and it is likely that she has only started reading this after the last letter. It is uncertain which book of de Stael's specifically she is reading but it is possible that it is a life of her father, Jacques Necker.



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