Progress update, 8 to 14 March 2014

By Tim Causer, on 14 March 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 8 to 14 March 2014, which has been another bumper week of transcription. 15,567 words were transcribed this week, along with a further 6,569 words of TEI XML.

7,210 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is up 72 on last week’s total. 6,880 (95%) of these transcripts have now been transcribed, which is an increase of 65 since the last progress report.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

One nice find during the last week was the transcription by volunteer Simon Croft of Bentham’s satirical ‘Panegyric on the Dead’, in which he mocks the idea that the law was infallible since it had been produced by eminent, now deceased, men. A ‘dead man‘, wrote Bentham, ‘is universally acknowleged to be more estimable than a live one. He is universally acknowleged to be good company: since his decorum is such, that after he has once said what he has to say, which every one is at liberty to attend to or not as he thinks proper, he never sets himself afterwards to contradict.‘ Which is rather appropriate coming from a man whose remains are now in a box here at UCL. Perhaps we should have these words embossed on the auto-icon’s cabinet…

Thank you, as always to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It remains greatly appreciated by us all.