Catherine Talbot in England - between the 1730's and the 1740's

from A Series of Letters between Mrs. Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the Year 1741 to 1770, pages 169-170:

I have no leisure to think of either painting or poetry, but I jog on as stupidly as I can, and if I pass a day without some ingenious fright, or entertaining my companions with a musical squall, I think myself both happy and wise. And do we not most of us jog through life much in the same way as I have described my ride? […]

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cite as

Miss Catherine Talbot and Mrs Elizabeth Carter, and Montagu Pennington (ed.), A Series of Letters between Mrs. Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the Year 1741 to 1770, volume 1 (New York, 1973), p. 169-170. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1674737286155 accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: England

Listeners

Catherine Talbot
Essayist, letter writer, polymath
1721-1770

Listening to

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Italian music
Anthems, sung

Experience Information

Date/Time between the 1730's and the 1740's
Medium live

Notes

The listening experience is found in a letter from Catherine Talbot to her life-long dearest friend Elizabeth Carter dated 31 October 1746. Original spelling, punctuation and capitalisation retained. 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 12:48:06 +0000
Approved on Mon, 01 May 2023 14:56:26 +0100