Anna Seward - the 1780's
from Letter from Anna Seward to Thomas Christie, 15 Jan. 1788, pages 4-5:
With your mind, its pursuits, studies, and acquirements, the rich pages now on my table seem to have given me a perfect acquaintance. Apprehensive, from the style of your address to me, that you estimate mine too highly, I feel disposed to be, what, I trust, I have not often been, an absolute egotist; for I had rather voluntarily reveal to you the scantiness of my stores, than that time should betray them.
Without time to have attained any degree of skill in the practical part of music, which I never attempted till I had passed my twentieth year, yet my taste for it … more >>
Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Thomas Christie, 15 Jan. 1788. In A. Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 3 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 4-5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1376496570 accessed: 10 July, 2020
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