Elizabeth Carter in Canterbury - 8 November, 1740, in the afternoon

from Elizabeth Carter, 1717–1806. An Edition of Some Unpublished Letters, page 95:

I have paid half a dozen Visits this Morning & in the Afternoon had the pleasure of seeing Miss Lynch and Miss Hall. Miss Lynch is genteeler & sings prettier than ever. I am to dine there to Morrow & shall let her have no Peace if she will not sing me the hundred & nineteenth Psalm thruff out.

cite as

Elizabeth Carter, and Gwen Hampshire (ed.), Elizabeth Carter, 1717–1806. An Edition of Some Unpublished Letters (Newark, Delaware, 2005), p. 95. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1674730214427 accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Canterbury


Elizabeth Carter
classicist, Poet, polymath, translator […]

Listening to

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unspecified song performed by Miss Sarah Lynch

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 November, 1740, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


The listening experience is in a letter from Elizabeth Carter to Mrs. Underdown, dated 8 November 1740. Elizabeth Carter was a member of the Bluestockings Society, educated women who met and exchanged letters about a wide variety of intellectual interests. The origin of the term may reference a gentleman who participated in the group wearing blue stockings, not the formal black stockings that convention required. He was welcomed none the less, suggesting a spirit of intellectual enquiry and companionship that changed by the Victorian era when ‘Bluestocking’ became a derogatory term directed at women interested in intellectual pursuits.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 26 Jan 2023 10:50:14 +0000
Approved on Mon, 01 May 2023 12:53:35 +0100