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Record 27397

Reading Experience:

Colonel D'Aguilar to John Murray, 15 January 1831, on the second volume of Moore's Life of Byron: 'I have sat up all the night, and devoured every line of it. As a whole it is beautiful, the genuine transcript of his mind and body. But there are passages in it on the score of discretion which can never be sufficiently regretted. I lament this the more because you know the pains I took to prevent it..... The minor and minute detail of those grosser irregularities, to which, for a time, he abandoned himself in the rashness of despair, and when his mind was without an object, should never have been inserted..... I grieve over this beyond measure, becuase so little is wanting to make the book perfect.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1831 and 15 Jan 1831
Country: n/a
Time: night
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:Colonel D'Aguilar
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
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:

Author: Thomas Moore
Title: Life of Byron (vol 2)
Genre: Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by John Murray, January 1831
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27397  
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: 2
  Page: 321
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 2, p. 321,, accessed: 29 November 2023

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