Progress update, 22 to 28 February 2014

By Tim Causer, on 28 February 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 22 to 28 February, during which time volunteers have not just broken the 7,000-transcript barrier, but smashed through it at a rate of knots. 17,888 words of Bentham text have been transcribed during the last seven days, along with a further 7,504 words of TEI-XML.

7,060 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 71 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 6,734 (95%) are complete and locked after passing our checking process, up 75 since the last progress report.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:



A number of interesting items were transcribed during the last week. They range from Bentham stating that ‘I live in the ground unknown to every body but the Postman in order to be out of the way of every sort of interruption‘, which presumably allowed him to write so much. Bentham also permitted himself to blow his own trumpet a little in stating that he was ‘A man of responsible circumstances, of unexceptionable character, of liberal education … not altogether unknown in the literary world‘, and who had devoted ‘himself exclusively to the service of mankind’. (thanks to David Kaminski for transcribing those two manuscripts). Elsewhere, Peter Hollis transcribed a letter from Bentham to Sir John Parnell, then Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland, describing a potential image for the frontispiece to his panopticon writings as ‘a great gogle eye with rays round it, over the plan of my Panopticon’.

Readers may also be interested in an article written by our colleague Dr Michael Quinn, discussing the recently published latest volume of Bentham’s Collected Works, Of Sexual Irregularities, and Other Writings on Sexual Morality, which was earlier this week made available on The Conversation website.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham over the last few days. It is as greatly appreciated as ever.