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Record 4420

Reading Experience:

'After an arduous str[uggle] with sundry historians of grea[t and] small renown I sit down to answer the much-valued epistle of my friend. Doubtless you are disposed to grumble that I have been so long in doing so; but I have an argument in store for you.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 7 Dec 1817 and 15 Feb 1818
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kirkcaldy (probably)
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)
None given
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: various
Title: [histories]
Genre: History, Letter
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 4420  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, South Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 118
  Additional comments: Letter from Robert Mitchell to Thomas Carlyle dated 6th December 1817.

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 118,, accessed: 20 May 2024

Additional comments:

Editor's note states that he presumes that the letter that Carlyle refers to is that of the 6th December 1817 - but it is clearly not definitively so. Dates of reading experience given above are estimate based on date that the letter ro Carlyle was written and the date of Carlyle's reply.



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