Dublin, Cambridge, and London

Sorry for my long hiatus.  Getting ready for my trip to Ireland and the UK and the first stages of the trip have proven very time-consuming.  However, I am now in the UK.  I’m at a restaurant/bar called Henry’s near the Cam which has free wireless.  I still have to finish my paper for PCCBS, but I think I’m almost done.

I’ve already been to Dublin, where I did not find very much useful, but I found out that Mabbott’s son’s wife died in 1667.  So, not very much useful.  However, I did get a chance to do some sightseeing; I may post a picture soon.  As well, if anybody every makes it out to Howth, there’s a small restaurant called The House that makes the best eggs I’ve ever had.  I will also add that the librarians and archivists at the Dublin City Archives and the Royal Irish Academy were very friendly and helpful.

Cambridge is amazingly beautiful.  I was not expecting it to be this nice.  Today I went to Sussex chapel and saw the sign that Cromwell’s head is buried somewhere nearby.  It only took 300 years to get it back in the ground.  We head to London in a few days and I have got a full docket.  I’m trying to plan out all the archival work, but there’s a lot.  It looks like I will be spending a great deal of time at the National Archives; more than I had anticipated.  Kew is nice, but I prefer the BL and the Lords Records Office, neither of which place will I be spending much time this turn.

Anyway, back to other things.  I may try to make it out to Ely tomorrow to see Cromwell’s house, but likely not.  I will try to post again soon, maybe with some pictures.  One last note: I never believed it, but the Guiness really is better in Ireland.


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3 responses to “Dublin, Cambridge, and London

  1. Yann Ryan

    Hello, my name is Yann, I’m currently doing a taught M.A. in History in the University of Limerick, Ireland. I’m doing a dissertation on The Levellers and the New Model Army during the Civil War. I’ve just found your blog while searching for sources of material published by Mabbot, specifically the Levellers paper “The Moderate”. It looks like an extremely interesting topic and I am planning to write a chapter on the breakdown of censorship during the 40s, so Mabbot seems like a very central character to this question. I was wondering if you would know of anywhere that “The Moderate” is available, either online or physical copies in national archives. I’ve searched extensively online and haven’t been able to come up with anything. I’d appreciate greatly any help you could give me! Sorry if this isn’t the best way to contact you, I can’t find any email address on the blog. Thank you.

  2. gilbertmabbott

    Hi Yann, I hope the site is at least remotely helpful. If your school has a subscription, the easiest way to look at the Moderate is through Early English Books Online (EEBO), which even has a browse periodicals section. If you want to find hard copies, you can look at Nelson and Seccombe’s short title catalogue for periodicals, which is a good way to find out what’s out there anyway.

    I would highly recommend reading Jürgen Diethe’s article on the Moderate as well. Although it’s not exactly correct to equate the Levellers and John Lilburne, since as I’m sure you know, he often disagreed with many of his fellows, Diethe does demonstrate that it is not quite correct to call the Moderate a Leveller mouthpiece, despite its sympathies.

    I’m happy to see Mabbott getting a little more discussion. There is some debate as to whether or not he was the editor of the Moderate, but I am squarely in the “yes” camp. You may also want to take a look at Jason Peacey’s Politicians and Pamphleteers. It’s not specifically about the Levellers or the New Model, but I think it would be very useful to you, and it’s got great footnotes. Sorry for all the unsolicited suggestions.

  3. Thank you very much! There’s lots of useful information there. I hadn’t even thought about Early English Books, but I’ve found them all there and look forward to reading through them. Unsolicited suggestions are more than welcome! Sorry for not replying earlier, I must have forgot to tick the box to send replies to my email address. Regards, Yann.

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