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Record 18281

Reading Experience:

'How do you like Thalaba? There are always so many nothings to be done in London daily, that I have not read ten lines for the last ten weeks, till I came to Holland House, where I have galloped through two volumes of Madame Du Deffand's Letters, and with much amusement, though the anecdotes are in themselves of no great value; still, being written on the spot, and at the moment, they have a vivacity and interest which make one read letter after letter without weariness. The extracts from Lord Orford's letters contain frequently excellent things; and indeed, in Madame Du Deffand's own general observations, there is much good sense and plain truth; but that sense and truth, being generally grounded upon knowledge of the world, it unfortunately follows, of course, that the information which it conveys must be of a disagreeable and humiliating complexion. [Lewis then talks about Lord Orfor'd treatment of a blind woman] Have you read these letters? You know, of course, that they were edited by your friend, Miss Berry, who has also written the Preface, the Life, and the Notes, all of which are most outrageously abused by many persons, though, in my opinion, without any just grounds'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 9 Dec 1810
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Holland 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:Matthew Lewis
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 9 Jul 1775
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marrie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand
Title: Letters
Genre: Letters
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: edited by Miss Berry
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18281  
Source - Print  
  Author: Lady Charlotte Bury
  Editor: A.Francis Steuart
  Title: Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1908
  Vol: I
  Page: 8
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Lady Charlotte Bury, A.Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), I, p. 8,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Letter from Lewis to her is included in Charlotte Bury's diary



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