‘Please put a date to your letters …’: the textual evidence for Dr William Cullen's management of his epistolary practice

Shuttleton, D. E. (2016) ‘Please put a date to your letters …’: the textual evidence for Dr William Cullen's management of his epistolary practice. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 39(1), pp. 59-77. (doi: 10.1111/1754-0208.12260)

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Abstract

The archive of William Cullen's ‘Consultations’ held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is one of the most comprehensive records of an eighteenth-century epistolary medical practice. This essay presents findings coming out of the detailed textual analysis undertaken to establish appropriate editorial protocols for a digital edition. Close textual scrutiny forms the bedrock of scholarly editing and is essential for establishing the status of individual documents, but the aim here is to show how bringing such attention to bear can illuminate broader questions concerning how Cullen managed such a prompt and personal epistolary service.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shuttleton, Dr David
Authors: Shuttleton, D. E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1754-0194
ISSN (Online):1754-0208
Published Online:21 December 2014

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