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Record 6620

Reading Experience:

'I have no enthusiasm-cui bono? I always ask myself. It would be irksome, & impossible, in this state of my sheet, to criticise the elegant and ingenious rather than powerful or philosophical narrative which Horace Benedict Saussure gives of his journeys in the Alps. I am in the third quarto- Nor shall I speak about Biot's traite de physique of which, to tell the truth, I have scarcely read 100 pages.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 27 Nov 1818 and 8 Jan 1819
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
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: Jean Baptiste Biot
Title: Traite de Physique
Genre: Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: published 1816, 4 vols
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6620  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: CR Sanders
  Title: The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 158
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 158,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 8th January 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 155-159 in this edition. I cannot find a reference to Carlyle obtaining the work (to give a start date for an estimated date range) - so the start date of this date range is an estimate. Publication information given by Editor of this edition of Carlyle's letters.



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