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Record 4425

Reading Experience:

But too much of one thing - as it is in the adage. Therefore I reserve the account of Hume's essays till another opportunity. At any rate the Second volume is not finished yet - and I do not like what I have read of any thing so well as I did the first.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: David Hume
Title: Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects, 2 vols
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 2 Vols, pub. London & Edinburgh 1777
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4425  
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: 121
  Additional comments: Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 16th February 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 118-122 in this edition.

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 121,, accessed: 22 April 2024

Additional comments:

Dates of reading experience are estimate based on the fact that it is the first mention of the work since his last letter to Mitchell. He does not say exactly when or where he reads it.



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