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 17811809, but omitted from Diary 2Diary 3, and Diary 4. (Diary 1, written at Coltishall 17731781, contains the diarist’s unabridged text.) It is intended to be read only in conjunction with the other Diary  volumes.

This companion volume to the four-volume edition The Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809  is also edited by Margaret Bird and is published by Burnham Press.

Brisley Church, the three-decker pulpit

Brisley’s pulpit dates from the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries. Mary Hardy’s mother, and others in her family, were from Brisley; her brother married here

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