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Record 312

Reading Experience:

'He used to read Courier aloud to his sister at Calcutta of a June afternoon, - in the darkened upstairs chamber, with the punkah swinging overhead, with as much enjoyment as ever Charles James Fox read the romances of Voltaire to his wife in the garden at St. Anne's Hill, though with a less irreproachable accent.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1834 and 1838
Country: India
Time: daytime: afternoon
Place: city: Calcutta
location in dwelling: the upstairs chamber
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 Babington Macaulay
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Oct 1800
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: historian and critic
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: India
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Macaulay's sister
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Paul Louis Courier
Title: Le Simple Discours
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Pamphlet
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 312  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Editor: George Otto Trevelyan
  Title: The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: 2
  Page: 405
  Additional comments: Appendix on Macaulay's marginal notes.

Citation: Thomas Babington Macaulay, George Otto Trevelyan (ed.), The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay (Oxford, 1978), 2, p. 405,, accessed: 31 January 2023

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