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Record 25017

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
From the diary kept by George Grote for his fiancee, Harriet Lewin (autumn 1818): 'Rose at 1/2 past 6 [...] Read Say and Turgot until 12, and put down some remarks on the manner in which accumulation takes place. Neither Say nor Turgot completely satisfy my mind on this subject [...] Dined alone. Read some scenes in Schiller's "Don Carlos." Considered as complete dramas, I think both "Don Carlos" and "Marie Stuart" are very defective. There is too much mixture of paltry and unimportant intrigue in each [...] There are, however, most masterly single scenes to be found in them [...] After reading this, I practised on the bass for about an hour, then drank tea, and read Adam Smith's incomparable chapter on the Mercantile System until 11, when I went to bed. 'Rose at 6. Read some more of A. Smith on the Mercantile System [...] Dined at 1/2 past 5. Read Don Carlos, and played on the bass for the next two hours, when I went and locked up [the family banking house]; drank tea at 1/2 past 8, and began some more of Say; but I found my mind languid, so that I was obliged to change my study, and took up a dissertation of Turgot, "Sur les valeurs et monnoies," which I read with considerable attention. Went to bed soon after 11.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 17 Oct 1818 and 18 Oct 1818
Country: England
Time: morning: 6.30 am - 12 pm
Place: city: London
   
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:George Grote
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 17 Nov 1794
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Banker
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: Turgot
Title: n/a
Genre: Social Science, Politics, Economics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 25017  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harriet Grote
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Personal Life of George Grote by Mrs Grote. Compiled from Family Documents, Private Memoranda, and Original Letters to and from Various Friends
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1873
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 30-31
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harriet Grote, The Personal Life of George Grote by Mrs Grote. Compiled from Family Documents, Private Memoranda, and Original Letters to and from Various Friends  (London, 1873), p. 30-31, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=25017, accessed: 26 May 2024

Additional comments:

Dates of individual diary entries not all given in source.

 

 

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