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Record 5968

Reading Experience:

'I went through that extraordinary work of Lord Monboddo on the "Origin of Language". I was entertained and instructed from the singularity of the system, the many erroneous and yet plausible arguments on which it is founded, the infinite display of learning. A mind wedded to antiquity is the source together with a strong imagination easily biased from Credulity, of the principles offered in this work. I should apprehend the criticisms to be good in many parts... There is too much classical learning in it to allow me to form a Judgement of it, as a learned work. Indeed it is not to be supposed I understood it in a followed manner [.] Yet I never throw aside a book because it makes me feel an ignorance I am not ashamed of from its being one belonging to my Sphere as a female. I read on and often reap much information from the mere introduction to scholars.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 19 Feb
Country: England
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:Anna Larpent
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1758
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Diplomat's daughter and civil servant's wife
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Lord Monboddo
Title: Of the origin and progress of language
Genre: Philosophy, Science, Natural history
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1773-1792 (6 vols), by James Burnett, Lord Monboddo
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5968  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Anna Larpent
  Title: Diaries
  Location: Huntingdon Library
  Call no: HM 31201
  Page/folio: Date 31 July 1780

Citation: Anna Larpent, Diaries Huntingdon Library, p. HM 31201, p. Date 31 July 1780,, accessed: 26 January 2022

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