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Record 28401

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Dorothy, Lady Bradshaigh to Samuel Richardson, on reading 'confessions,' 16 December 1749:] 'I have read many of them over, and have been so puzzled, that I knew not what I was guilty of, and what not, till, at last, I threw them all aside, but that most excellent one, in our Common Prayer, in which I hope I have not erred. You will smile, Sir, when I tell you (being taught early to think confession a duty) that finding a paper belonging to a pious christian with her sins marked, I copied it, and confessed them as my own, thinking I did right.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
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:Dorothy Lady Bradshaigh
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1705
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
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:
Title: "Confessions"
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28401  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  Title: Correspondence of Samuel Richardson [...] Selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1804
  Vol: 4
  Page: 306
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anna Laetitia Barbauld (ed.), Correspondence of Samuel Richardson [...] Selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family  (London, 1804), 4, p. 306, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28401, accessed: 24 January 2022

Additional comments:

NB date in 'Date of Birth of reader/Listener' is date of baptism; see entry in DNB. See p.177n in source for background to Lady Bradshaigh's correspondence with Richardson.

 

 

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