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Dirge or a voice in the night, originally addressed to a clergyman at Edinburgh 1845.

Author Williamson, Susan
Title Dirge or a voice in the night, originally addressed to a clergyman at Edinburgh 1845.
Imprint Edinburgh: Anderson and Bryce
Date of Publication 1848
Language English
Notes This work is attributed to one Susan Williamson on the strength of a telling inscription on the verso of the dedication to Queen Victoria which reads: 'The writer of this book was Miss Susan Williamson who resided in Edinburgh with her brother Mr. David Williamson, in some of her ways she was odd, but not considered to be insane'. The 600 or so pages which follow can certainly be considered to be odd if not downright unintelligble to readers in the 21st century. An extract from the introduction sets the tone for what follows: 'And all vitellent spirits revolt or resault over whom was ratified reflection as a whispered word imputave before the perfectability of planatory imparature in the temporal attribute, whose nullity remained in premonitory complex' The book consists of short texts of a religious nature dealing with sin, creation, eternity and so on. The only other copy traced is at the British Library and no other works by Susan Williamson are known.
Shelfmark ABS.1.204.051
Acquired on 03/03/04
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