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Record 24207

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
John Wilson Croker to his wife, 20 July 1815: '[General] Becker showed us a copy of Buonaparte's letter to the Prince Regent, in which he says that driven out of home by internal factions and foreign enemies, he came, like Themistocles, to sit on the British hearth, and to claim the protection of our laws [...] In reading this, when I came to "[italics]Themistocle[end italics]" who certainly was the last person I expected to meet there, I could not help bursting out into a loud laugh, which astonished the French, who thought all beautiful, but "[italics]Themistocle[end italics]" sublime and pathetic. I called the whole letter a base flattery, and said Buonaparte should have died rather than have written such a one; the only proper answer would have been to have enclosed him a copy of one of his Moniteurs, in which he accused England of assassination and every other horror.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1815 and 20 Jul 1815
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris
   
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:John Wilson Croker
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 20 Dec 1780
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Secretary to the Admiralty
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Title: letter to the Prince Regent
Genre: Politics
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown, Copied.
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 24207  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Louis L. Jennings
  Title: The Croker Papers: The Correspondence and Diaries of The Late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker, LL.,D., F.R.S.
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1884
  Vol: 1
  Page: 68-69
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Louis L. Jennings (ed.), The Croker Papers: The Correspondence and Diaries of The Late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker, LL.,D., F.R.S. (London, 1884), 1, p. 68-69, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=24207, accessed: 03 October 2022

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