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Record 7332

Reading Experience:

'I am rather afraid that I have not been quite regular in reading that best of books which you recommended to me. However last night I was reading upon my favourite Job; and I hope to do better in time to come. I entreat you to believe that I am sincerely desirous of being a good man; and tho' we may differ in some few unimportant particulars: yet I firmly trust that the same Power who created us with imperfect faculties, will pardon the errors of every one (and none are without them) who seeks truth and righteousness, with a simple heart.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 28 Mar 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:

Title: Book of Job
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 7332  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letter of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 174
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letter of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 174,, accessed: 23 February 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Margaret Carlyle (mother)dated 29th March 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 173 - 175 in this edition.



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