Officers from Flanders et al. in Canterbury - early January, 1748, at night

from A Series of Letters between Mrs. Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the Year 1741 to 1770, pages 246-247:

This place is at present a perfect scene of gaiety. There is a set of officers from Flanders, extremely well-bred agreeable men, who are very fond of music and dancing, and this gives great life to all our public diversions. On twelfth night we had an assembly of about ninety people, and there was fine crowding to make one's way through them, as the room is much too small for such a place as this. The first part of the evening, as it was properly a card …   more >>

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. 246-247. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Canterbury


Officers from Flanders
Military Officer
Elizabeth Carter
classicist, Poet, polymath, translator […]

Listening to

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unspecified entertaining music performed by military officers

Experience Information

Date/Time early January, 1748, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


The listening experience is found in a letter from Elizabeth Carter to her life-long dearest friend Catherine Talbot dated 20 January 1748. 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 14:56:04 +0000
Approved on Thu, 11 May 2023 15:05:32 +0100