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Record 22357

Reading Experience:

'[Letter to H.M. Esq.] I have purchased your friend "Currie's Life of Burns"; which, I confess, has operated like a charm on my benumbed imagination. Never have I been more highly gratified than by the perusal of his inestimable work, which is a [italics] chef-d'oeuvre [end italics] of cultivated and discriminating taste. On reading the poems that are added to the collection, I once more tasted of all that delicious enthusiasm with which the first productions of this child of nature and genius had feasted my soul'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 30 Apr 1801
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bath and London
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:Elizabeth Hamilton
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jul 1758
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Episcopalian
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Burns
Title: [poems]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: included in Currie's 'Life of Burns'
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22357  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Hamilton
  Editor: Elizabeth Benger
  Title: Memoirs of the Late Mrs Elizabeth Hamilton
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1818
  Vol: II
  Page: 18-19
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Hamilton, Elizabeth Benger (ed.), Memoirs of the Late Mrs Elizabeth Hamilton (London, 1818), II, p. 18-19,, accessed: 29 November 2023

Additional comments:

this letter dated November 24th but the book is referred to in an earlier one, April.



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