There is evidence from his exercise books that he had this Symphony in mind as early as 1795.
I asked, arranging the exercise books and sheets of papers in piles.
The exercise books were not bound, the pages were not numbered.
Miss Hampson, with her arms full of exercise books to correct, disappeared into the senior room, and Diana departed on her errand.
Finally he put his supper away untasted, then lit his lamp, and sat down with thirty exercise books before him.
And that was the master down at the desk there, exercise books and slates around him and a pen behind his ear.
The girls scribbled their notes on the spot, then wrote them out carefully afterwards in exercise books.
"I'm going to Mr. Somerset's, Mother," he said, putting two exercise books and a very new and shining blue Latin book together.
Celia was sitting as usual before a pile of exercise books in her shabby little parlour.
The tale of close on four thousand nights represented a dreary parlour and a pile of exercise books.