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Record 18982

Reading Experience:

'The other afternoon, as I was lying dozing in a brown study after dinner, a lord's lackey knocked at the door and delivered me a little blue parcel, requiring for it a ntoe of delivery. I opened it, and found two pretty stitched little books, and a letter from - Goethe! I copy it from the fractur [Gothic script] hand it was written in, and send it for your edification. The patriarchal style of it pleases me much.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 10 Dec 1824 and 17 Dec 1824
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: city: London
specific address: 23 Southampton Street
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Title: private letter
Genre: Letters
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: N/A
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18982  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: CR Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 3
  Page: 225-226
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 3, p. 225-226,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Thomas Carlyle to John A. Carlyle dated 18 December 1824, written at 23 Southampton Street. Date range is estimate based on date of this letter.



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