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Record 27156

Reading Experience:

The Rev. P. Elmsley to John Murray (1815), regarding the Quarterly Review: 'I think you have not been very brilliant of late. I must say there is as great a difference between Jeffrey's best papers and your politics as between Handel and his bellows-blower [...] Is there not too much of the dry rot? Barrow ought not to ride you so unmercifully [...] I want to know, what I don't expect you to tell me, who [italics]did[end italics] the Paradise of Coquettes? Is it not the same hand which [italics]did] "Brand's Popular Antiquities" in the last number but one. I should be sorry to have my brain so full of cobwebs as that gentleman's, be he who he may. Then, your politician, who talks about that "enemy to Europe, the King of Saxony," is a most useful performer.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1807 and 31 Dec 1815
Country: n/a
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:Rev. P. Elmsley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Vicar of St Mary Cray
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: The Quarterly Review
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Social Science, Philosophy, Crafts, Technology, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Published by John Murray
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27156  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 1
  Page: 284
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 284,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

Reader also himself an occasional contributor to the Quarterly Review. 'Dry rot' refers to part of content of series of articles on shipbuilding by John Barrow, appearing in nos. 15, 19, and 23; see source ed.'s note to p.284.



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