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Record 18283

Reading Experience:

'You say, "I wonder what you think of Trotter's Life of Fox"? Now I wonder that, supposing I had only read two paragraphs, you could have any doubt of what I must think; and still more I should wonder if, supposing that I [italics] had [end italics] read the paragraphs, you should imagine it possible for me to read two more. I contented myself with the extracts in the newspapers, which were quite numerous enough to satisfy my curiosity, and prevent my wishing to see any more of the work. [Lewis then describes the relationship of the author to Fox's family and his feeling that he was not well enough provided for, hence his writing of the memoirs] with the benevolent intention of vexing them. The work is evidently the production of a disappointed man. His late dispute with the physicians, respecting his charge of their having accelerated Fox's death by the use of digitalis, is sufficient to show how little he is to be relied upon for accuracy; and, as to his style, it is the most inflated bombastic manner of writing that ever yet came in my way, and would be much better adapted to "The Sorrows of Lady Henrietta Heartbroke: being the First Literary Attempt of a Young Lady".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: The Albany
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: J.B. Trotter
Title: Memoirs of the latter years of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox
Genre: Biography, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: extracts in newspapers
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18283  
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: 83-4
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Lady Charlotte Bury, A. Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), I, p. 83-4,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

Letter from Lewis to her is included in Charlotte Bury's diary. Dated Nov. 20th but year unclear, probably 1812 as that is the year Trotter's book appeared.



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