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|
|Add MSS 537||361||744||48%|
|Add MSS 538||155||858||18%|
|Add MSS 539||235||948||24%|
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.