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Record 5126

Reading Experience:

'27th June - The last book worth mentioning, which I perused was Stewart's preliminary dissertation - for the second time. The longer I study the works of this philosopher, the more I become convinced of two things. First, that in perspicacity & comprehensiveness of understanding he yields to several. But, secondly, that in taste, variety of acquirements, and, what is of more importance, in moral dignity of mind, he has no rival that I know of.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jun 1818 and 7 Jun 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: Dugald Stewart
Title: Philosophy of the Human Mind
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5126  
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: 133
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 133,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 26th June 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 130 - 135 in this edition. I believe that he is referring here to Dugald Stewart's 'Philosophy of the Human Mind' (see RED Entry ID 2897). But he does not specify.



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