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Record 19917

Reading Experience:

'There is a Spaniard here (one of the refugees) who from Catholic has become Protestant, a very honest shrewd little fellow, between whom and Irving I have had occasion frequently of late to officiate as interpreter (the Sp[an]iard speaking only French). I have bethought me of turning his skill [to] account; I have bought a Spanish grammar, and begun yesterday to take lessons from him in his language, which I may repay by giving him lessons in mine.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 13 Feb 1825
Country: London
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
county: Pentonville
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive 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: London
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Spanish neighbour
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Spanish Grammar
Genre: Textbook / self-education
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Spanish grammar book - details unknown
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 19917  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 3
  Page: 285
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 3, p. 285,, accessed: 24 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Alexander Carlyle dated 14 February 1824, written at Pentonville. Pages 283-286 in this edition.



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