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Record 28587

Reading Experience:

'Did you read Sir W Hamilton on Cousin's Metaphysics in the last Edinburgh Review? And what inferences are we to draw from it? Pity that Sir W. had not the gift of delivery! He has real knowledge on those matters; but all unsorted, and tumbled topsy-turvy like a "bankrupt stock."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Oct 1829 and 21 Dec 1829
Country: Scotland
Time: evening
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: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: Sir William Hamilton
Title: Review of Victor Cousin's 'Cours de Philosophie' (Paris, 1828) in Edinburgh Review, XCIV (OCt 1829), 194-221
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodicalUnknown
Publication details: Edition XCIV (October 1829), 194-221
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 28587  
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: 46
  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. 46,, accessed: 27 May 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to David Aitken, dated 21st December 1829, written at Craigenputtoch, Dumfries. Pages 44-46 in this edition. Date range is an estimate based on date of this letter and publication date of the edition - but Carlyle refers to the same review in a letter to John Wilson dated 19th December, which implies that he had not read it on that date, so the date range may be smaller.



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