Tales from the Bodleian: Manuscript Diaries

December 17, 2020 at 12:27 pm (diaries, history, travel) (, , , , )


As you might guess, DIARIES and LETTERS have a fascination for me. Sketches and drawings, too. If they’re English, and of a certain date, I begin to wonder: Could it be related to the Smiths and Goslings??

These are NOT related, but the twin tales told of IDENTIFYING these diaries are FASCINATING. And (I can attest to similar searches) very true to life for a researcher.

The earlier (2015) blog post is very Austenian in its title:

The second, by the same author – Mike Webb – was the one I clicked on first because of its drawing of the young lady holding a pail (or a bag?; 2017 blog post)

You will see a TREND here: once “anonymous” diaries that, with some work, have revealed their writers to posterity, 200 years later.

I wish both (or either) were “in print” and available to READ. The Bodleian Blog also makes me wish I were near Oxford, and able to delve in their wonderful archives in person.

 

2 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Mills said,

    I live in Oxford so will be happy to check out documents for you! Happy Christmas Elizabeth

    On Thu, 17 Dec 2020 at 17:27, Two Teens in the Time of Austen wrote:

    > Janeite Kelly posted: “As you might guess, DIARIES and LETTERS have a > fascination for me. Sketches and drawings, too. If they’re English, and of > a certain date, I begin to wonder: Could it be related to the Smiths and > Goslings?? These are NOT related, but the twin tales told” >

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      You’re always kind to me, Elizabeth. Much appreciated. You know that I’d love to pick-up some anonymous diary, and find it belongs to a Smith or a Gosling… And only I could tell that. k

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