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Record 29211

Reading Experience:

'16th. October. Thrown out at Shorncliffe, above Folkestone. Very stormy day with heavy seas running. Informed that the boat would not cross today, so took an exceedingly good lunch. After lunch we were informed that the boat would sail at 2.30 p.m. Left then, tremendous rolling and pitching. Everybody sick. I remember well standing at the rail with a general on my left hand and a major of the R.A.F. on my right, and talking to the deep with them. I felt like quoting "Death the Leveller" to them, substituting "seasickness" for "death". There was some humour in the situation. Boulogne. Put up at the Meurice and went to bed after tea.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 16 Oct
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:Robert Lindsay Mackay
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 1896
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army officer, 11th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Shirley
Title: 'Death the Leveller'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 29211  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Digitized version of manuscript.,

Citation: Digitized version of manuscript.,, accessed: 06 December 2023

Additional comments:



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