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Record 22816

Reading Experience:

Lady Cardwell to Alfred Tennyson, 9 April 1878: 'It may interest you to know another instance of the solace you have given those in distant lands severed from all those with whom they could hold converse. 'You know all about Col. Gordon (Chinese Gordon) and the immense pressure upon him and the heroic services he is rendering to the cause of humanity in putting down the slave trade, as Governor of the Soudan [sic], by a wonderful sacrifice of himself. I often hear from him of his long solitary rides of hundreds of miles in the desert and wilderness, and wished to find the most acceptable companion I could send to him. 'It must be in a very small compass. Happily I found the beautiful edition of all your books in the small green case, and I sent it a few months ago. 'He is intensely delighted with it and mentions it in every letter. In his last, lately received from Khartoum, he says: "I find the reading of Tennyson is my great relief, and the volumes are so small and of such clear print that they will always go with me. I have long wanted a small copy, but never knew that he had published one," etc.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1877 and 9 Apr 1878
Country: Sudan
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:C. E. Gordon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Governor of Sudan
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Sudan
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Multi-volume edition in 'small green case.'
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22816  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 2
  Page: 224 n.1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 224 n.1,, accessed: 25 June 2022

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