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Record 5070

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Marginal comments throughout the text, generally of the format of a key word within the text being indicated with a cross and the marginal comment then arguing a related point - e.g. P.5, in the printed sentence "But whether or not our lands, during the whole of this period, have produced much less than usual, requires very extensive knowledge to determine, more probably, than any private person has any opportunity of acquiring", there is a cross above "private person" and in the RH margin, the marginalia reads "It is not the opinion of a private person. It seems to be the general opinion that there have been seasons of the bad crops for 5 or 6 years." On p.6, in the printed sentence, "Now, when the price of provisions is raised by bad crops, land continues of the same value, and the farmer cannot afford a higher rent," "same" has a cross above it, and the marginalia beside reads "Land can't continue of the same value so long as the crops are bad and the price of provisions is raised thereby and both the value of the land and provisions hightened [sic] still more by the quantity of currency." Further marginalia throughout the text.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: India or Scotland
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:John Drummond Erskine
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Apr 1776
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: East India Company writer, later a landowner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: India or Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Adam Dickson
Title: An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt
Genre: Social Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 5070  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Book with annotations, in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines Of Torrie in Fife: Adam Dickson, "An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt" (London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773), various pages. [DH LIB 485]. ,

Citation: Book with annotations, in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines Of Torrie in Fife: Adam Dickson, "An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt" (London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, and J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1773), various pages. [DH LIB 485]. , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=5070, accessed: 29 June 2022

Additional comments:

This item is from the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife. It has the provenance of John Drummond Erskine as have many items in the collection. The marginal notes are in his style and his area of interest but it is still possible that they were made by a previous owner. JDE started to collect books during his period of service with the East India Company until his death (ie 1796-1836).

 

 

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