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This attractively-illustrated publication deals a distinct and interesting research into the lives and careers of the British in eighteenth-century Russia and, extra in particular, into the improvement of a colourful British group in St. Petersburg through the city's first century of lifestyles. in response to an exceptionally huge use of basic resources from Britain and Russia, the e-book concentrates at the British inside of a variety of fields reminiscent of trade, the army, the scientific occupation, technological know-how and know-how, and the humanities, and as curious tourists.

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Next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 children of both sexes will be taught in English reading, writing and arithmetic'. 38 Although it has been possible to give some idea of the types of employment pursued by people at the lower end of the social spectrum, there is little documentary evidence about their day-to-day existence. What little there is originates from the more privileged members of that society and is designed to entertain, amuse or shock. Such were the letters sent by Dr Matthew Guthrie, physician to the Noble Cadet Corps, to a Scottish journal in 17923, purporting to be the compositions of English sailors on a jaunt in St Petersburg,39 or some of the anecdotes included by James Walker, Catherine's engraver, in a work he published some years after his return to England.

There seem to have been about fifteen founder members, who had increased to twenty-three when the decision was taken on 6/17 February 1772 to limit membership to twenty-four and to invite no more than six visitors at any one time, in addition to the four masons (all Russians) who enjoyed the status of 'perpetual visitors'. 72 During the period covered by the extant minute book (from 13/24 June 1771 to 23 July/3 August 1772) there were no less than seventy-five men connected with the Lodge either as members, perpetual visitors or visitors; of these, thirty were British, nineteen Russian, sixteen German, five Italian, four French and one < previous page page_29 If you like this book, buy it!

97 In January 1773 Mr Fisher, calling himself the 'ex-proprietor of the English theatre' was indeed advertising English lessons98, but he may well have returned to England in April that same year. 99 Memories of the company's visit, however, lived on: Patrick Brydone later records that the Empress 'honour'd with her presence an English play they < previous page page_38 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 had some years ago, altho' she did not understand a word of the language'.

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