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Record 18857

Reading Experience:

'I inclose you a very curious letter from a cousin german of my own to his son who still remains in this country. It has given me so much amusement that I thought it might be acceptable to you for publication in the Magazine. If you think it proper to give it a corner, do not alter the orthography, or the writer's singular mode of grammar in any other way than by pointing it What he says with regard to the riches and freedoms of the United States must be taken with reserve, it being well known here that he is very dissatisfied, but that he wants the son to whom he is writing and others of his family to join him. This indeed is apparent from the tenor of the letter.' [there are several pages of explanation of the letter and its writer]
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 3 Mar 1820
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Altrive
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: farmer / 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 Laidlaw
Title: [Letter from America to his son]
Genre: letter
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: later published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (March 1820) with Hogg's explanation
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18857  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Hogg
  Editor: Gillian Hughes
  Title: Collected Letters of James Hogg, The
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: II
  Page: 10
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2006), II, p. 10,, accessed: 28 November 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to William Blackwood. Cousin german is a first cousin.



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