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Record 28313

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Vesey, 21 August 1784:] 'Have you read Captain Cook's last voyages? I have just finished them. The description of the savage inhabitants of the southern climates is a fine eloge of a [italics]state of nature[end italics], of which one species of philosophers is fond of speaking in such rapturous terms! I was heartily glad to take my leave of those barbarians, and to find myself among the harmless gentle contented race, that dwell on the borders of the arctic circle [...] they enjoy the blessings of a mild government, and the illumination of the Christian religion. Ever since I read this account, I have felt a very high respect for the Russians, to whose humanity and instructions the inhabitants of Kamtschatka owe their inestimable advantages.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Aug 1784 and 21 Aug 1784
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:Elizabeth Carter
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1717
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: James Cook
Title: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28313  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Montagu Pennington
  Title: A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1809
  Vol: 4
  Page: 345-346
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Montagu Pennington (ed.), A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787 (London, 1809), 4, p. 345-346, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28313, accessed: 21 February 2024

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