By Tim Causer, on 20 February 2015
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 February 2015, during which time further superb progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.
12,458 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 107 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,208 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB staff – thanks again to everyone for their patience while we work our way through the backlog of submitted transcripts.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MS 537||730||744||98%|
|Add MS 538||695||858||81%|
|Add MS 539||834||948||87%|
|Add MS 540||63||1012||6%|
|Add MS 541||317||1258||25%|
Thanks in particular those who have worked on manuscripts from Box 150; all submissions to TB will go towards assisting in the production of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, though transcripts of the Box 150 manuscripts are actively helping to shape the course of current research, as Dr Michael Quinn of the Bentham Project explained earlier this week.
Readers might also be interested in the Bentham Project’s latest online publication, A Visit (in 1831) to Jeremy Bentham, by George Wheatley (edited and introduced by Dr Kris Grint). Wheatley describes in detail his visit to Bentham’s home at Queen’s Square Place in Westminster, Bentham’s domestic arrangements, his notable visitors, working practices, and odd meal times. Bentham’s mischievous sense of humour comes across strongly, and perhaps most amusing is Wheatley’s description of how Bentham dictated to an amanuensis whilst being shaved! The Visit can be read online, or downloaded in either PDF or XML format from UCL Discovery.
Finally (and tangentially), on the UCL Laws website you can read my description of a visit last year to the remote and beautiful Norfolk Island, to talk about its past a penal settlement for an episode of Coast Australia.
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has donated their time and effort so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.