About

This blog posts entries from the diaries of Thomas Turner. Turner was a shopkeeper and parochial officer in the small village of East Hoathly, Sussex during the eighteenth century. The blog has been created with the intention of building a readership for the diaries in anticipation of a full scholarly version to be edited by Prof Naomi Tadmor and Dr Amy Erickson, to be published in 2023/4.

The text has been created from the transcription by Dean K Worcester completed in 1948. It consists of approximately 420, 000 words. The original of this transcript is held by Yale University Library in their manuscript and archive collections . In addition, a photocopy is held by the East Sussex Record Office at The Keep (ref: AMS 6532/1-5).  This is a much fuller version than that edited by David Vaisey and initially published in 1984.[1]  However, the Worcester transcript is not quite a full version. After the entry for August 13 1755 Worcester notes:

Hereafter omissions will be indicated by dots (… ). Money, food and Biblical texts, if not the subject of explanatory comments, will be omitted as too repetitive and bulky.

ESRO: AMS 6532/1

As far as I am able, the text follows the Worcester transcription. The additions inlcude a £ sign in front of some monetary values together with the italicization of the title of a publication rather than the underling used by Worcester.

The copyright of this text in this blog belongs to Louise Falcini and is made available under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license)


[1] Turner, Thomas, and David Vaisey (ed.). The Diary of Thomas Turner, 1754-1765. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.