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Progress update, 11 to 17 April 2015

By Tim Causer, on 17 April 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 11 to 17 April 2015, during which time further steady progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

12,883 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed by TB volunteers. We are rapidly closing in on our 13,000th transcript, which will be an astonishing achievement on the part of everyone who has taken part in TB.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 252 794 31%
Box 2 471 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 103 424 24%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 67 565 11%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 138 296 46%
Box 98 222 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 103 581 17%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 753 972 77%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 729 858 84%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 67 1012 6%
Add MS 541 328 1258 25%
Overall 12,865 31,767 40%

Elsewhere, the latest volume of the Collected Work of Jeremy Bentham has been published by Oxford University Press. In The Book of Fallacies, edited by Professor Philip Schofield, Bentham identifies and criticises around fifty fallacious political arguments utilised by politicians in order to thwart measures of reform, and exposes the sinister interests that lead to their employment. The Book of Fallacies has a great deal of relevance to modern political debate and, given that we are in the midst of a general election campaign here in the UK, is (dare we say it) an essential companion in the next few weeks!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It is as greatly appreciated as ever by us all.

 

Thank you, as always, to ev

Progress update, 28 March to 10 April 2015

By Tim Causer, on 13 April 2015

Welcome to the progress update for the period 28 March to 10 April 2015 – thank you for bearing with us while UCL was closed for the recent Easter break, and normal service has now resumed. We are delighted to say that we have now caught up on the backlog of submitted transcripts, and submissions should now be checked more regularly by TB staff. Many thanks for your patience while we worked through them!

12,865 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 67 since the last progress update. Of these transcripts, 11,829 (92%) have now been checked and approved.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 251 794 31%
Box 2 471 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 103 424 24%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 67 565 11%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 138 296 46%
Box 98 222 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 102 581 17%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 28 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 742 972 76%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 727 858 84%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 65 1012 6%
Add MS 541 328 1258 25%
Overall 12,865 31,767 40%

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last couple of weeks. It remains as greatly appreciated as always.

 

Progress update, 21 to 27 March 2015

By Tim Causer, on 27 March 2015

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 21 to 27 March 2015, during which time further superb progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

12,798 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 90 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 11,730 (91%) have been checked and approved by TB staff. The quality of transcripts submitted by volunteers remains extraordinarily high.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 250 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 103 424 24%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 64 565 11%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 136 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 100 581 17%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 692 972 72%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 723 858 84%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 65 1012 6%
Add MS 541 328 1258 25%
Overall 12,798 31,767 40%

As we mentioned in last week’s update, UCL closes for the Easter break on Wednesday 1 April until Wednesday 8 April, and so the next progress update will be issued on Monday 13 April. We will be unable to check transcripts during the closure period, and it may take us longer than usual to respond to emails during that time. Please do accept our apologies for any inconvenience which this may cause.

Thank you, as ever, to all who have contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains hugely appreciated by us all.

Progress update, 14 to 20 March 2015

By Tim Causer, on 20 March 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 March 2015, during which time TB volunteers have made further excellent progress.

12,708 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase 56 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,640 (91%) have been checked and approved by TB staff: we have been able to check a substantial number of the backlog of submitted transcripts, and should be up-to-date during the next few weeks. Thanks again for your patience!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 250 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 88 424 20%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 64 565 11%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 136 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 71 581 12%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 655 972 60%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 715 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 65 1012 6%
Add MS 541 328 1258 25%
Overall 12,708 31,767 39%

Box 150 progress update

TB volunteers who have been transcribing manuscripts from Box 150 may be interested in reading Dr Michael Quinn’s update on how he is using these transcripts in his work. We are hugely appreciative to everyone who has taken time to work on this material.

UCL Spring closure

UCL closes for the Easter break between 1 to 8 April. During this time, we will be unable to check transcripts, and it may take us longer than usual to respond to any enquiries. Please do accept our apologies for any inconvenience which this may cause. The last progress update before the break will be issued on 27 March, and the first one after the break will be issued on 4 April.

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

 

Box 150 monthly update

By Tim Causer, on 19 March 2015

Below is an update from Dr Michael Quinn, on how your transcripts of Box 150 manuscripts are helping in his editing of a volume of Bentham’s Collected Works.

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Dear TB Special Constables,

Here’s an update, as promised, on developments in relation to the Preventive Police Writings. First, continued thanks for the transcription efforts! As of today, you have transcribed almost 400 update box 150 folios in little over two months. Of the 564 folios which I think will form the core of the volume, almost half are done. This figure is I know already obsolete, since Tim tells me there are another hundred or so waiting for me to get to them.

As is the way in producing Collected Works volumes, my attention has been in part diverted recently by the final stages of preparing the first volume of Writings on Political Economy for the press. However, I can add a bit more about the shape of the Preventive Police Volume. Bentham first met Patrick Colquhoun in December 1796, when Colquhoun visited Queens Square Place to offer his support for Bentham’s panopticon prison scheme. Colquhoun had recently published his Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis, and the book was to go through six editions by 1800. In 1798 both men gave evidence to the House of Commons Finance Committee which was investigating penal methods. The first work in the new volume, Bentham’s first draft of a Thames Police Bill, for which a an almost complete text has been located, can be traced back to Colquhoun’s refinement of ideas originally floated by John Harriott and John Staples for reducing loss by theft from ships and warehouses on the river Thames. Colquhoun and Bentham seem to have agreed that Bentham should put Colquhoun’s plan into ‘Statute-ese’, and this is what he was doing in May 1798. In November of that year, he returned to the text in order to draft a précis of the Bill, presumably for circulation and/or publication as a pamphlet, to be released in support of the Bill’s passage through Parliament.

In terms of further progress so far, the bulk of the text of Bentham’s ‘Summary View of a Bill For the more effectual prevention of Depredations on the Thames’, which is at UC cl. 118-24, and has been edited. So far, the text is incomplete, and we’re looking for one or two additional folios, the first paginated 6 or 7, and beginning with the word ‘but’. This is the only text in this volume which has previously been published, and that version, at Bowring x. 331-3, features an additional six-and-a-bit paragraphs which have yet to turn up.

Bentham and Colquhoun expanded their project into an interconnected set of Bills, chief amongst which was that which Bentham referred to indifferently as simply the ‘Police Bill’, and as the ‘Police Revenue Bill’. The fairly complete and fairly continuous text of the Bill is at UC cl. 179-289, and the next editing job will be to assemble a preliminary text thereof. In support of the Bill, Bentham began drafting another précis, ‘Heads of the Police Bill’, at UC cl. 126-70; a set of notes; and an elucidatory commentary on the Bill. This commentary may well prove the trickiest part of the text to organize, since he seems to had in mind three different arrangements, and three different titles, namely ‘Preliminary Observations on the Police Bill’, ‘Observations on the Police Bill’, and ‘Introductory Observations on the Police Bill’. In typically Benthamic style, he also thought about inserting some of this material either into the Bill itself, or into some another part of his observations, as is indicated by his oft-repeated instruction/suggestion/question ‘Inserenda?’ This mass of material appears at UC cl. 428-776. So far, I have checked only about 85 of these 350 or so folios, but with your help I’m sure, or at least hopeful, that all will become clear! More in a month … Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated!

Michael