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Record 25881

Reading Experience:

Lady Harriet Cavendish to her sister, Lady Georgiana Morpeth, 28 November 1807: 'I attribute my cold to going to Jermyn Street [grandmother's London residence] last night in a thick fog. 'I found Mr. Spencer and Mr. Preedy there. William Spencer just come to town in a violent hurry as he says he is going to have a share in Drury Lane [...] He was brilliant with rouge and spirits, but must have been rather disappointed in his audience's behaviour. I did nothing but blow my nose and wink my eyes; Mr. Preedy had one of his lethargic fits upon him and never had his open for a minute and my grandmother [the Dowager Countess Spencer] was nodding the whole evening in a comfortable nap. He repeated to us however (just as if we had been awake) quantities of his own poetry, of which, by the bye, he is going to publish a small volume, his bookseller having offered him two hundred pound for it, and read us a Latin epitaph he has just written upon the death of poor Mr. Sargent and contrived to introduce in the course of the conversation, all the compliments that have ever been paid him, de part a l'autre for the last twelvemonth.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 27 Nov 1807
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
specific address: Jermyn Street
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:William Spencer
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
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)
Lady Harriet Cavendish Georgiana, Countess Dowager Spencer Mr Preedy
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Spencer
Title: Latin epitaph on Mr Sargent
Genre: Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 25881  
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: 259-60
  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. 259-60,, accessed: 28 June 2022

Additional comments:



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