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Record 23178

Reading Experience:

'What Pope says of desultory Reading in a Conversation recorded by Spence is very happily expressed: that he was like Boy gathering Flow'rs in the Woods & fieds just as they fell in his way. A nosegay so gather'd is always more brilliant in Colours though less elegant in Scent & Disposition than a Garden one. I read nothing scarcely myself, & what I do is all of that loose kind - My Bouquet has many a Weed in it - & not very large neither'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 31 Mar 1780
Country: England
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:Hester Lynch Thrale
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Jan 1741
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: n/a
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23178  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hester Lynch Thrale
  Editor: Katharine C. Balderston
  Title: Thraliana
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1951
  Vol: I
  Page: 430-1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hester Lynch Thrale, Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana (Oxford, 1951), I, p. 430-1,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Mrs Thrale is referring to the MS of Joseph Spence's 'Anecdotes' which Dr Pepys had shown her.



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