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Record 22974

Reading Experience:

From Hallam Tennyson's account of a voyage on the Pembroke Castle (September 1883): '[18 September] In response to an invitation from the hospitable Sir Donald [Currie] the Royalties came to luncheon on board [...] In the small smoking room after luncheon my father, at the request of the Princess of Wales, read "The Bugle Song" and "The Grandmother." The Czarina paid him some very pretty compliment, and he, being very short-sighted, and taking her for a Maid of Honour, patted her on the shoulder and said, "Thank you, my dear."'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 15 Sep 1883
Country: Denmark
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: On board the Pembroke Castle (yacht)
location in dwelling: Smoking room
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:Alfred Tennyson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 6 Aug 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Denmark
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Included the Princess of Wales, the Czar and Czarina of Russia, Hallam Tennyson.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: "The Bugle Song"
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22974  
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: 283
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 283,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

'Royalties' refers to party currently staying at the Castle of Fredensborg, with whom Tennyson had dined on 17 September 1883, and which included the King and Queen of Denmark, the Princess of Wales, the Czar and Czarina of Russia, the King and Queen of Greece, the Princess Mary of Hanover, and the Duchess of Cumberland (see p.283 in source). Other members of Tennyson's yachting party were Hallam Tennyson; W. E. Gladstone and his wife and daughter; Sir Arthur Gordon, and Sir Donald Currie (see pp.278-284 in source).



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