Mary Hardy's five ledgers

These five great counting-house ledgers with strong bindings contain Mary Hardy’s manuscript diary

The sources for the quotations and editorial comments in all the Mary Hardy volumes are cited fully and clearly in the editorial notes in the margins of the diary text. The publishers Burnham Press strongly hold that citations should appear on the page to which they relate, and not be tucked away in endnotes. The approach to layout is explained under Burnham Press/About us.

Each Mary Hardy volume also has a bibliography of all the cited primary and secondary sources. Far more sources had to be consulted and absorbed during the research, but these works of background reference are not cited.

Distinct from the annotated four-volume edition is the work of pure transcription The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809, where there are no citations. This publication has no editorial comment, no notes, and no bibliography or index.

In the pages of this section of the website extra information is given about the principal sources consulted. More about the material used for the Mary Hardy project can be found on the commentary website Mary Hardy and her World 1773–1809.

Mary Hardy’s descendants

One of the pleasures of the project has been the freedom of access granted to Margaret Bird by Mary Hardy’s descendants. This is acknowledged with deep gratitude. The manuscript diaries of Mary Hardy and Henry Raven, together with a great hoard of family diaries, documents and photographs, remain in private hands. The Cozens-Hardy Collection is described here under Private archives and on the website Mary Hardy and her World.

These treasures are now being brought before the public in as full a manner as possible—in more than 5000 printed pages.

Photocopies of the manuscript diaries

Paper photocopies of the manuscript diaries of Mary Hardy and Henry Raven have been lodged in the Norfolk Record Office and are available for public scrutiny. Details are given of the catalogue references under the news item of April 2013.