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Record 25731

Reading Experience:

Lady Harriet Cavendish to her former governess, Selina Trimmer, 24 November 1803: 'I lament the reason I am going to give you for keeping to one book at a time. I find from the long habits of inattention and unsteadiness of reading to which I have accustomed myself that I cannot remember or connect what I am about as well if I vary the subject, as when I keep steadily to one, and in fact, I gain as much information from constantly having my book [italics]near[end italics] or [italics]about[end italics] me, I get on very fast [sic]. I am now in the 5th volume of Madame de Sevigne's letters, and I own myself to be quite captivated by her style, wit and variety of sentiment. I think people are much mistaken who only dip into this book, as it is impossible to do her, or one's own judgement of her, justice without reading it through with attention and I am sure then with delight.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Nov 1803 and 24 Nov 1803
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bath
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: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Madame de Sevigne
Title: Letters (vol. 5)
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 25731  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Sir George Leveson Gower and Iris Palmer
  Title: Hary-o: The Letters of Lady Harriet Cavendish 1796-1809
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1940
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 84
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sir George Leveson Gower and Iris Palmer (ed.), Hary-o: The Letters of Lady Harriet Cavendish 1796-1809 (London, 1940), p. 84,, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Reader and family on a two-month stay in Bath.



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