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Record 18894

Reading Experience:

'Today, from your kindness, I received the "Chronicle" with Robert's [Cunninghame Graham] letter. C'est bien ca -- c'est bien lui!' [Its good, that-- it's really him!]
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 12 Jan 1899
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: Stanford near Hythe
Pent Farm
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:Joseph Conrad
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Dec 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Master mariner and author
Religion: originally Polish Catholic, by now agnostic/atheist
Country of origin: Poland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: R. (Robert) B.(Bontine) Cunninghame Graham
Title: letter in Daily Chronicle "Pax Britannica"
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: Daily Chronicle 11th January 1899
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 18894  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: 2
  Page: 150
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to the Hon. A.E. Bontine, mother of Robert Cunninghame Graham, 12th January 1899, Pent Farm.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902 (Cambridge, 1986), 2, p. 150,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:

According to fn.2 p.150 of source text the letter was 'an attack on colonial double-think and "the safe massacre of spear-armed men falling like corn before the reaper two miles away from our brave fellows".' It is presumably not a reference to the Second Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 which had not yet started; it may be a reference to Kitchener's defeat of armed Sudanese tribesmen in the Battle of Omdurman 2nd September 1898 .



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