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Record 27457

Reading Experience:

Sir Francis B. Head to John Murray, 19 April 1843: 'I was at a committee this morning, when I heard a gentleman say: "My friend, Mr. Bouverie, got hold of Lady Sale's book yesterday evening and sat reading it till five o'clock this morning. In fact, he passed the night with Lady Sale instead of with his own wife. I mention this as one of the sins for which, as a publisher, you will some of these days have to account.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 18 Apr 1843 and 19 Apr 1843
Country: n/a
Time: morning
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:Mr Bouverie
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
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: Lady Sale
Title: Journal [of experience of retreat from Afghanistan]
Genre: Biography, Autobiog / Diary, Geography / Travel, Military
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by John Murray, 1843
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27457  
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: 507
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 2, p. 507,, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:

Head also thanks Murray for a copy of the text, which he has not had time or power of concentration to read, being 'too overjoyed' at his son's return after seven years in India. Lady Sale was the wife of Sir Robert H. Sale, British general commanding forces in Afghanistan; see p.506 in source for further background details.



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