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Record 25714

Reading Experience:

Lady Harriet Cavendish to her sister, Lady Georgiana Morpeth, 23 September 1802: 'I am now going, my dearest G. (depending upon your secrecy), to transcribe for you some of George's verses, which he gave me last night. Some lines are very good and some very bad, but it will give you a good idea of our proceedings and I think them very amusing. It is a parody on Burns' Tim [sic] O'shanter, and called John O'Thanet. The beginning is long and tiresome, so I shall not send it you. You must know that [italics]John[end italics] is making a tour round the Island, and arrives at Ramsgate just in time for the ceremonies' ball:-- [transcribes 17 lines of satirical poem on Ramsgate social life, opening: '"When now the moon shot forth her gleams And ocean glistened in her beams, When winds blow cold and loud and drear And Ladies 'gin to walk the Pier, When chattering teeth by Luna's light Just stammer out a 'charming night'"] 'I send you these merely because they give a faithful account of our evening walks.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 22 Sep 1802 and 23 Sep 1802
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ramsgate
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:Lady Harriet Cavendish
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth Aug 1785
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Lamb
Title: 'John O'Thanet'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 25714  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Sir George Leveson Gower and Iris Palmer
  Title: Hary-o: The Letters of Harriet Cavendish 1796-1809
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1940
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 36-37
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sir George Leveson Gower and Iris Palmer (ed.), Hary-o: The Letters of Harriet Cavendish 1796-1809 (London, 1940), p. 36-37,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:



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