Another one of those days that I feel like I did a lot and then had very little to show for it at the end of the day. However, I will at least be able to vote in November; I took care of my absentee ballot registration.
More to the point, I did get to transcribing one and a half of Mabbott’s newsletters. I still have a bunch of photos of the newsletters in Hull that I haven’t gotten to yet. However, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I was reading one where Mabbott described Cromwell’s expulsion of the Rump! My favorite part was when he says that Lenthall was “modestly” pulled out of his chair by another MP. I also thought to doublecheck Woolrych’s Commonwealth to Protectorate and found that he quoted the same newsletter, but sent to William Clarke rather than the Hull corporation. He notes the similarity, giving credit to Blair Worden for bringing it to his attention. Anyway, I checked out the newsletter in the Clarke Papers (which I found online by doing a search for “Clarke Papers 3.” I love the internet.) I found that the endings of both were actually quite different, even if most of the letter was the same. I’ll have to take some time to figure out why these were different. The information was not such that the Hull fathers and an army secretary needed to be told separate things.
I also came up with an idea for a paper on published sermons, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the time to go through with it. I can content myself with knowing that someone has probably already done it.
I got back from Buffalo last night. It was a fun trip for the most part. I got to see Niagara Falls for the first time, and found out that a private island on the St. Laurence River is cheaper than a house in California.
So far, no interest on that Mazarinade wiki. I hope someone finds it useful anyway. I started TAing for a Latin American history course today, which was rather busy because I unexpectedly found out that I was leading 2 sections this evening. I pulled it off with my usual tact and grace (please realize that that is ironic).
I may be joining the UCSB branch of the Making Publics project. You can find more info on that here: http://makingpublics.mcgill.ca. It’s based out of McGill University in Canada. They’re looking more into publishing and reading networks this year, so I figured that my work was right up their alley. My project doesn’t quite address the “publics” as a concept, but I think that that’s okay as long as I am addressing at least part of their question.
I was hoping to get some work on Mabbott done today, but instead I spent it running around doing TA-related tasks. Tomorrow I think I’ll do some work on the ballad project (http://emc.english.ucsb.edu/ballad_project). Maybe this weekend will have time for Mabbott?
I finally got a wiki set up for English translation mazarinades. You can find it here. I’ve entered in three so far. Anyone who has a translation, complete or otherwise, is invited to enter it in! Keep in mind, my translations are far from perfect.
I think that he is a good avenue to pursue. I found Firth’s transcription of his confession (since he was one of the regicides). He names a bunch of different sources he used for intelligence. As well, he mentions that he was involved in shaping publications. Apparently, John Wallis, the Royal Society founder, used to crack ciphers for him. It’s a small world.
Does anybody know of anything written on Scot? Do I just need to look at a book about Thurloe and hope some if transfers? I suppose the main problem with trying to examine Scot is that he destroyed most of his correspondence when we went into exile. Still, he had been the unofficial head of intelligence after 1647, and the official head since 1649, and I know that at least some of his letters surived, so there has to be more on him somewhere, I just don’t know where to find it.
I just gave my students their final yesterday. I haven’t graded it yet, but it means I’m just about done with my teaching responsibilities and I’m very excited to be able to get back to work on Mabbott soon.
Well, I’m almost done with my course. I had no idea there was this much work in preparing a course. It would be fine if it didn’t meet everyday, but summer quarter is just such a tough pace. I would be fine with that, too, but I realized that I don’t get paid very much between this and TAing. Plus, after 5 weeks of a 6 week quarter, they finally paid me something, and then only half. So I had to wait until I was almost 90% done, and then just half. Kind of irritating. I’ll probably have to wait another month before I get the other half.
I’ve also discovered that there has been little historical work on a general crisis theory since the 80s. I’ve been wondering if revisionism killed it, though I understand Geoffrey Parker will have a book coming out some time soon. I’ve also become quite displeased with most of the general crisis theories I’ve read. They all seem to neglect something. Either it’s just economic, or it’s cultural, or some other thing. Certainly it couldn’t have been the result of any one thing. Anyway, I’m hopeful for Parker’s upcoming book.
I’m looking forward to getting back to work on Mabbott, but I suppose he’s not going anywhere. After all, he’s still dead.