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Record 5056

Reading Experience:

And here I am on a wet Sunday looking out of a damned large bow window at the rain as it falls into the puddles opposite, wondering when it will be dinner time, and cursing my folly in having put no books into my portmanteau. The only book I have seen here, is one which lies upon the sofa. It is entitled ?Field Exercises and Evolutions of the Army by Sir Henry Torrens.? I have read it through so often, that I am sure I could drill a hundred recruits from memory.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1835 and 11 Jan 1835
Country: UK
Time: n/a
Place: city: Chelmsford
specific address: Black Boy Hotel
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:Charles Dickens
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Feb 1812
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journalist, writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: UK
Country of experience: UK
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Torrens [Sir]
Title: Field exercises and evolutions of the army
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Military history
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1824
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 5056  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Dickens
  Editor: Madeline House
  Title: The letters of Charles Dickens
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1965
  Vol: 1
  Page: 54
  Additional comments: Additional editor: Graham Storey. The Pilgrim edition. Letter to Thomas Beard from Charles Dickens dated 11/01/1835.

Citation: Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The letters of Charles Dickens (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 54,, accessed: 18 January 2022

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