The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809
The separate publication The Remaining Diary contains the remainder of the diary text (162,000 words) written at Letheringsett 1781–1809, but omitted from Diary 2, Diary 3, and Diary 4. (Diary 1, written at Coltishall 1773–1781, contains the diarist’s unabridged text.) It is intended to be read only in conjunction with the other Diary volumes.
The four-volume set can be read and enjoyed without recourse to The Remaining Diary. However this book will appeal to enthusiasts, family historians and other researchers, including specialists such as climatologists and historians of the home, who need access to the full database of each daily entry.
Accessing the full diary text
Some of the usefulness of Mary Hardy’s manuscript is lost in the process of abridgment. Only by accessing the complete record can a researcher conduct systematic analysis. Many matters spanning the years require methodical treatment:
- the progress of an illness
- the frequency of washing the heavy linen
- changing patterns of church and meeting-house attendance
- the names of the preachers
- the full Sunday school sessions attended by the diarist
- the complete record of family, professional and social calls and of visits elsewhere
The transcription follows the same editorial method as in The Diary of Mary Hardy. Unlike other publications by Burnham Press this volume has very few illustrations and is without annotations, bibliography or index.
168 pages · paperback | 297 x 210 mm | 7 b/w illustrations · 2 figures · colour covers
ISBN 978–0–9573360–5–6 | April 2013
price £18.00 + £3.00 UK post and packing