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Record 5124

Reading Experience:

This is emphatic enough.- I need not speak of Dr Chalmers' boisterous treatise upon the causes & cure of pauperism in the last Edinr review. His reasoning (so they call it) is disjointed and absurd - & his language a barbarous jargon - agre[e]able neither to Gods nor men.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Feb 1818 and 25 May 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: Dr Chalmers
Title: Title unknown
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Published in Edinburgh - Feb 1818 edition
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5124  
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: 130
  Additional comments: Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 25th May 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 126 - 130 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. 130,, accessed: 22 April 2024

Additional comments:

Estimated dates of reading experienced based on editor's note that this article was in the February edition, and the date on which the letter was written.



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