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Record 28585

Reading Experience:

'Assure Mr Montagu, that his Book was the most delightful I have read for many days. Your hand also was visible in it. Why does he not publish more such?'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 13 Aug 1829 and 13 Nov 1829
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Craigenputtoch
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Basil Montagu
Title: Thoughts on Laughter By a Chancery Barrister
Genre: Satire
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: First published 1830
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 28585  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C. R. Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 5
  Page: 34
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C. R. Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 5, p. 34,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Anna D B Montagu, dated 13th November 1829, written at Craigenputtoch, Dumfries. Pages 32-34 in this edition. Date range is an estimate. Title of book is given in Editor's notes; he cites this as the most likely book to which Carlyle refers, and that he would have been reading an advance copy (unsure whether print or mauscript), but says that it is also possible (though unlikely) that he refers to "Letters on the Bankrupt Laws to E B Sugden Esq", published 1829.



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