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Record 6923

Reading Experience:

I believe your Ladiship will be diverted with an Octavo book on the Writings and Genius of Pope; tho' you will not approve of everything in it. A little Vol. intitled, "Christian Morals", by Sir Thomas Browne of Norwich, Author of Religio Medici, with his Life and Explanatory Notes, by S. Johnson, Author of "the Rablers", will, I believe, amuse you. There is a third Book written by Mr G[reville], a Man of Fashion, intitled, "Maxims", "Characters" or some such Title. Among his Subjects, he takes to Task (to severe Task, some have thought) the Writings of your Humble Servt. Thus I wrote upon it to a Lady, who was unwilling I should see it, for fear it shd. vex me; a Fear several of my Friends had on the same Account; "I have read Mr G[reville's] Censure of the Writings of a [italics] certain Author[end italics]. I sincerely think there may be Justice in the most unfavourable Part of it."'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 31 Jul 1756
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:Samuel Richardson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 19 Aug 1689
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: printer and writer
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: Thomas Browne
Title: Christian Morals
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: notes and Life by Johnson included
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6923  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Richardson
  Editor: John Carroll
  Title: Selected Letters of Samuel Richardson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1964
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 325
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Richardson, John Carroll (ed.), Selected Letters of Samuel Richardson (Oxford, 1964), p. 325,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to Lady Bradshaigh, July 1756



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