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Record 4086

Reading Experience:

?My father will allow me to manufacture an essay on the logograph, he furnishing the soiled materials and I spinning them. I am now looking over, for this purpose, Wilkins?s Real Character or an Essay towards universal philosophical language. It is a scarce and very ingenious book; some of the phraseology is so much out of the present fashion, that it would make you smile; such as the synonym for a little man, a Dandiprat. Likewise, two prints, one of them a long sheet of men with their throats cut, so as to show the wind pipe whilst working out the different letters of the alphabet. The other print of all the birds and beasts packed ready to go to the ark?
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Apr 1795
Country: Ireland
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:Maria Edgeworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1767
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Christian (Church of England)
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Wilkins
Title: Real Character or an Essay towards universal philosophical language
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London, 1668
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 4086  
Source - Print  
  Author: Maria Edgeworth
  Editor: Augustus J. C. Hare
  Title: Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth
  Place of Publication: London: Edward Arnold
  Date of Publication: 1894 (2 vols)
  Vol: 1
  Page: 38-9
  Additional comments: Letter to Mrs Ruxton (11/4/1795).

Citation: Maria Edgeworth, Augustus J. C. Hare (ed.), Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth (London: Edward Arnold, 1894 (2 vols)), 1, p. 38-9,, accessed: 21 March 2023

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