Progress update, 10 to 16 May 2014

By Kris Grint, on 16 May 2014

Hello and welcome to the progress update for the period 10 to 16 May 2014, where I’m delighted to report that TB volunteers have continued to sustain the very high rate of transcription we have seen since the start of this year.

This week, our figures rose to 8,295 manuscripts transcribed or partially-transcribed (up 120 on last week) and 7,782 manuscripts (94%) completed and locked (up 96 on last week). This translates to 18,450 words of Bentham, his secretaries, and his correspondents transcribed by our volunteers, with a further 4,592 words added in the form of TEI XML tags which enrich the description of the manucripts.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 95 794 11%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 153 290 52%
Box 15 24 914 3%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 1 122 1%
Box 31 2 302 1%
Box 34 7 398 1%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 7 418 1%
Box 37 0 487 1%
Box 38 0 424 1%
Box 39 0 282 1%
Box 41 71 528 12%
Box 42 58 910 6%
Box 44 17 201 8%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 1 420 1%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 70 295 350 84%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 612 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 533 539 98%
Box 97 80 296 27%
Box 98 216 499 43%
Box 100 182 422 41%
Box 107 468 538 86%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 497 864 57%
Box 117 235 853 27%
Box 118 65 880 7%
Box 119 142 990 14%
Box 121 120 526 21%
Box 122 281 717 38%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 98 972 10%
Box 169 145 728 19%
Add MSS 537 361 744 48%
Add MSS 538 155 858 18%
Add MSS 539 235 948 24%
Overall 8,295 23,881 34%

Box 537, the first box of material to be added to Transcribe Bentham from the collections of the British Library, is just a few manuscripts away from being 50% complete. This is fantastic progress, especially as the box has only been available for transcript since the beginning of March. We will be introducing more fascinating  manuscripts from the collection over the next few weeks – stay tuned!

Continuing on the theme of the British Library material, the highlights from the transcripts submitted by volunteers this week show that Sir Samuel Bentham, brother of Jeremy, intrepid explorer in Russia and naval architect, is fast-becoming a star of the whole Bentham show:

‘I dont know whether I told you or not of my discovery with respect to bodies floating down a river with the stream’, writes Samuel from Siberia to Jeremy in 1783. Thankfully, this was strictly a scientific observation, as it applied to any object floating down a river, rather than corpses.

As Jeremy was preparing to visit Samuel in Russia in the early 1780s, the younger brother wrote to proffer some sensible fashion advice: ‘A pair of boots large enough for me you might wear on the road with 2 pairs of warm stockings under them.’

Meanwhile, Samuel estimated Jeremy’s travelling costs as possibly as low as £30, if Jeremy could come in an ‘economical way‘, involving travel by sea ‘as far as Dantzic or even Merinel’ and overland sledge via Riga. Our thanks to transcriber Ohsoldgirl for all three of these contributions!

Our gratitude is also extended, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last week.