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Record 17503

Reading Experience:

'I spent the day in reading part of Irving's sermons, which I have not finished. On the whole he should not have published it - till after a considerable time. There is strong talent in it, true eloquence, and vigorous thought: but the foundation is rotten, and the building itself is a kind of monster in architecture - beautiful in parts - vast in dimensions - but on the whole decidedly a monster.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 28 Sep 1823
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Nr. Dunkeld
county: Perthshire
specific address: Kinnaird House
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: Edward Irving
Title: For The Oracles Of God, Four Orations
Genre: Sermon
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17503  
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: 440
  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. 440,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Margaret A. Carlyle dated 28 September 1823, written at Kinnaird House. Pages 438 - 441 in this edition. Title of book given in Editor's notes. See also Carlyle's letter to William Graham dated 24 April 1823 for another reference to this book (it not having yet arrived).



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