Progress update, 17 to 23 November 2012

By Tim Causer, on 23 November 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 17 to 23 November 2012, during which time further steady progress continues to be made by transcribers: a total of 15,198 words (including TEI markup) were transcribed over the last seven days.

4,680 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, which is an increase of 26 on last week’s total.¬†Of these transcripts, 4,439 are complete and locked, which is 31 up on last week’s total.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 350 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (66%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 275 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 90 of 198 (45%)
  • Box 51: 351 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 216 of 250 (61%)
  • Box 71: 651 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 606 of 664 (91%)
  • Box 73: 151 of 151 (100%)
  • Box 79: 198 of 199 (99%)
  • Box 95: 116 of 147 (78%)
  • Box 96: 526 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 37 of 288 (12%)
  • Box 98: 16 of 499 (3%)
  • Box 100: 104 of 433 (24%)
  • Box 115: 267 of 307 (86%)
  • Box 116: 287 of 864 (33%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 57% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 70 and 116 were the most heavily transcribed during the past week. Amongst the Box 70 material was a couple of interesting manuscripts. In one, Bentham discusses what might be termed the ‘pleasures of revenge‘, or the ‘irascible appetite’.

In the second manuscript, Bentham strays off into some casual stereotyping: ‘A Dutchman when he has fouled his under-garment, it is said, will cover it with [another] instead of changing it for a clean one … not to change it for another, but to clap a clean one over it, & so on to the number of perhaps half a dozen‘. (Thank you to volunteer JFoxe for transcribing both of those).

Elsewhere, you can also read more about Transcribe Bentham‘s latest award in a blog post from earlier this week.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains greatly appreciated.