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Record 24906

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, c. 1-10 October 1795, 'Experience never wasted her lesson on a less fit pupil — yet Bedford my mind is considerably expanded — my opinions are better grounded & frequent self-conviction of error has taught me a sufficient degree of scepticism upon all subjects to prevent confidence. the frequent & careful study of Godwin was of essential service — I read & all but worshipped — I have since seen his fundamental error — that he theorizes for another state — not for the rule of conduct in the present — I despise the man — I can confute his principles. but all the good he has done me remains. tis a book I should one day like to read with you for our mutual improvement, — when we have been neighbours six months our opinions will accord. a bold prophecy — but it will be fulfilled.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 1 Oct 1795
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:Robert Southey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 Aug 1774
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: William Godwin
Title: Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
Genre: Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 24906  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: "The Collected Letters of Robert Southey," Romantic Circles Electronic Edition, Letter 136. http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/southey_letters. Accessed 27 April 2009. ,

Citation: "The Collected Letters of Robert Southey," Romantic Circles Electronic Edition, Letter 136. http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/southey_letters. Accessed 27 April 2009. , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=24906, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note "Southey borrowed the first volume from the Bristol Library Society between 25–28 November 1793 and the second between 9–18 December 1793."

 

 

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