If anyone actually gets that reference I will be amazed.
I apologize for my absence. I was in New York for a friend’s wedding and just got back. The wedding was great, both tasteful and comfortable (a very difficult comination). I think everyone had a good time. Of course, what would be a trip to New York without a visit to the emergency room? The night before the wedding, my poor girlfriend fell down a flight of stairs at a restaurant and had to be rushed to the hospital. Nothing broken, fortunately, but she did have a really nasty gash on her leg which required three layers of stitches. I have to say that if you are injured and require emergency services, New York is the place to do it. The EMTs, nurses, and doctors (we went to St. Vincent’s) were all fantastic, and we really liked the doctor that sowed her up, named Jim. We didn’t catch his last name. The EMTs also earned particular distinction for their professionalism and bedside manner.
Anyway, I’ll have more on Gilbert Mabbott in a day or two. I have to write up two conference papers I’m presenting next month, so stay tuned. To put in some quick plugs, my girlfriend and I are both giving papers at SHARP, so if you’re there, we’re the ones talking about Isaac Newton and Gilbert Mabbott, respectively. You can visit her blog, too! It’s in the blogroll. Also, I’m presenting at the IHR Turning Points conference the day before, so if you’re there, I’m the one talking about the Agreements of the People (Mabbott will probably work his way in there, too). Finally, my advisor, Sears McGee is presenting at the symposium honoring John Morrill at the University of Hull in July. I’m sure it will be great, and I’ll be there, too, as a whole bunch of Mabbott’s newsletters are in the Hull City Archives. Hopefully I’ll see you in England!