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Record 20077

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'the Dean received from [italics] Spain [end italics], from one Mr [italics] Wogan [end italics], a green Velvet Bag, in which was contained the Adventures of [italics] Eugenius [end italics]; as also an Account of the Courtship and Marriage of the Chevalier, to the Princess [italics] Sobiesky [end italics], wherein he represents himself to have been a principal Negotiator. It was wrote in the Novel Stile, but a little heavily. There was also some of the Psalms of [italics] David [end italics], paraphras'd in [italics] Miltonick [end italics] Verse, and a Letter to the Dean, with Remarks on the [italics] Beggar's Opera [end italics]; in which he says he believes the People of [italics] England [end italics] and [italics] Ireland [end italics] had quite lost all Remains of Elegance and Taste, since their top Entertainments were composed of Scenes of Highwaymen, and Prostitues, who all remain unpunish'd and triumphant in their Crimes: He concluded with paying the Dean the Compliment of intreating him to correct the Work. The Dean said, he did not care to be troubled with it, and bid Mr [italics] Pilkington [end italics] take it to [italics] London [end italics], and look over it at his Leisure, which accordingly he did.' [LP then relates how Swift changed his mind and there was a violent row]
Century: 1700-1799
Date: From: 30 Nov 1729
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Dublin
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:Laetitia Pilkington
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1708
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: clergyman's wife
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Wogan
Title: ['Adventures of Eugenius' - veiled Autobiography]
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
belonged to J. Swift


Source Information:

Record ID: 20077  
Source - Print  
  Author: Laetitia Pilkington
  Editor: A.C. Elias
  Title: Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington
  Place of Publication: Athens GA
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: I
  Page: 316
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Laetitia Pilkington, A.C. Elias (ed.), Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington (Athens GA, 1997), I, p. 316,, accessed: 21 July 2024

Additional comments:

Date of birth 1708 or 1709



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