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Record 18819

Reading Experience:

'I have laughed at least as heartily at the continuation of "Daniel" as you did at the original the conceit is excellent indeed I see that mine was quite an imperfect thing without some description of the forces on the other side - the third chapter however is very faulty - the characters are made too plain and the language of scripture compleatly departed from. I have remedied that in proof in great measure but alas it is out of time! - As it is it will create great interest I am certain of its popularity as well as its being blamed. "Maggy Scott" is likewise a good fancy it has no faults but one the name should not have been "Dinmont" else he should have spoken [italics] Scotish [sic, end italics]'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 19 Oct 1817
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Eltrieve Lake
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:James Hogg
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Nov 1770
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: shepherd / farmer and author
Religion: n/a
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: James Hogg
Title: 'Translation from an Ancient Chaldee Manuscript'
Genre: Fiction, Satire
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: for publication in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Provenance: owned
galley proofs sent by Blackwood


Source Information:

Record ID: 18819  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Hogg
  Editor: Gillian Hughes
  Title: Collected Letters of James Hogg, The
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 2004
  Vol: I
  Page: 304
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2004), I, p. 304,, accessed: 06 June 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to William Blackwood. The version published had additions probably by John Wilson and John Gibson Lockhart. It is a satire on periodical publishing.



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