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Record 2433

Reading Experience:

'[Hugh Miller's] literary style was out of date: in 1834 he alluded to "my having kept company with the older English writers - the Addisons, Popes and Robertsons of the last century at a time when I had no opportunity of becoming acquainted with the authors of the present time". Growing up in Cromarty, Miller had access to the substantial personal libraries of a carpenter and a retired clerk, as well as his father (sixty volumes), his uncles (150 volumes) and a cabinet-maker poet (upwards of 100 volumes). These collections offered a broad selection of English essayists and poets - of the Queen Anne period.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 1832
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Cromarty
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:Hugh Miller
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1802
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: stonemason turned geological author
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [probably William] Robertson
Title: n/a
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 2433  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 119
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 119,, accessed: 17 June 2024

Additional comments:

See Harry Hanham and Michael Shortland, introduction to Hugh Miller's Memoir:From Stonemason to Geologist (Edinburgh, 1995), p.16. I have assumed the Robertson in question is the well-known eighteenth century historian



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