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Record 18502

Reading Experience:

'You bid me tell you what I read; and, in obedience to your commands, I confess myself to be at present under a course of [italics] historical physic [end italics], which ought to have been administered to me in my youth, and for want of which I have grown up under many infirmities. [...] I am therefore labouring hard amongst the ruins of antiquity, tho' even amidst their profound recesses I sometimes have a little of the dust of [italics] modern rubbish [end italics] thrown into my eyes. The truth is, in a town, it is very difficult to refrain from following the multitude in their pursuits of literature. One is so [italics] baited [end italics] with new books that one is forced to take the up in self defence; for who would dare to drag forth a huge musty volume of Roman antiquities, in preference to an elegant little epitome of modern biography? '
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Miss V[-]
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: correspondent of Charlotte Bury


Text Being Read:

Title: [books about Roman /ancient history]
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18502  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charlotte Bury
  Editor: A. Francis Steuart
  Title: Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1908
  Vol: II
  Page: 251
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charlotte Bury, A. Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), II, p. 251,, accessed: 24 May 2022

Additional comments:

Date of letter unclear but probably 1820 or 1821



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