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Record 7735

Reading Experience:

'Above a month ago, I found Raynal's history of the E. and W. Indies, in a farmer's house of this neighbourhood. It were long to tell you fully my opinion of the work, which (according to Gibbon) the author, by a happy audacity, names philosophical as well as political. The abbe's researches embrace almost the whole habitable globe; his narrative, too much chequered by boisterous speculations, is generally conducted in a distinct, easy manner...'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1819 and 25 Aug 1819
Country: Scotland
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Unknown
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: Abbe Raynal
Title: Philosophical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies, A
Genre: Geography / Travel, Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1770
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 7735  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 194
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 194,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to John Ferguson dated 29th August 1819, written at Mainhill. Pages 192 - 196 in this edition. Dates of reading experience are an estimate based on Carlyle's reference to having found it 'above a month ago'. Details of publication given in editor's notes.



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