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Record 7300

Reading Experience:

'The Dr [Brewster] stopped to tell me that he had got a paper on Chemistry written (in French) by Berzelius, professor of that science in Stockholm - which was to be published in April:- would I translate it? I answered in the affirmative; and next day went over to get the paper in question. It consists of six long sheets, written in a cramp hand, & in a very diffuse [s]tile. I have it more than half done. The labour of writing it down is the principal one. In other respects there is no difficulty.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 17 Feb 1819 and 23 Feb 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: Baron Jacob Berzelius
Title: Examination of some compounds which depend upon very weak affinities
Genre: Science
Form of Text: Manuscript: Sheet
Publication details: Subsequently published in Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, I (June 1819), p. 63-75; (Oct 1819), p. 243-253
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 7300  
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: 168
  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. 168,, accessed: 05 December 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Alexander Carlyle (brother) dated 23rd February 1819, written in Edinburgh. Pages 166 - 170 in this edition. Publication details of the essay given in editor's notes. Dates of experience based on Carlyle getting the essay the day after his meeting with Dr Brewster 'last Tuesday' (16th February) and the date of the letter to his brother.



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