By Merton Christensen
In the course of his grownup existence until eventually his loss of life in 1834, Coleridge made entries in additional than sixty notebooks. Neither standard books nor diaries, yet whatever of either, they comprise notes on literary, theological, philosophical, medical, social, and mental concerns, plans for and fragments of works, and lots of different goods of serious curiosity. This fourth double quantity of the Notebooks covers the years 1819 to 1826. the variety of Coleridge's interpreting, his never-ending wondering, and his recondite resources proceed to fascinate the reader. integrated listed below are drafts and entire models of the later poems. Many passages mirror the theological pursuits that ended in Coleridge's writing of Aids to Reflection, later to turn into a big resource for the transcendentalists.
one other improvement during this quantity is the startling growth of Coleridge's curiosity in 'the idea of existence' and in chemistry - the laboratory chemistry of the Royal Institute and the theoretical chemistry of German transcendentalists reminiscent of Oken, Steffens, and Oersted.
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Boone’s bent is shown by his becoming, a few years later, editor of the British Critic and Theological Review. , St. Peter’s College, Cambridge, who in 1826 published The Book of Churches and Sects, which systematically described many known and many lesser known denominations. But if Coleridge had any acquaintances with these men there is now no evidence. 1. Boosey: Thomas Boosey, publisher and bookseller with whom Coleridge had frequent dealings; see CN III 3262n. In May 1820 Coleridge turned down a proposal from him that he prepare excerpts from Faust to accompany a volume of illustrations to Goethe’s Faust: CL V 42–4 and nn.
Did Coleridge add the breathings and accents, or did he go back to Tennemann’s source or some other? ) See an interest in Simplicius in CN III 3418 and n. ” On Zeno see 4522 and n. 79 As to Forgery: Possibly this is a reference to some contemporary incident, controversy, or legislation about forgery. John Taylor Coleridge was interested in the legal aspects of forgery and annotated Blackstone on the subject; Blackstone noticed the increasing severity of the laws against it, a capital crime at this time.
The anecdote is part of a tale in Johann Heinrich Jung Theorie der Geister-Kunde, in einer Natur- Vernunft- und Bibelmässigen Beantwortung der Frage: Was υon Ahnungen, Gesichten und Geistererscheinungen geglaubt und nicht geglaubt werden müsste (Nuremberg 1808) 270–1; Coleridge’s annotated copy is in the BM. The parenthesis in the first sentence is his own. His condensation possibly leaves it unclear that it was Augustus who had been warned by his doctor against wine on account of an inflamed tooth, and Field-Marshal Grumbkow, having been ordered by Friedrich to see Augustus to the border, was cautioned to impose the order.