The Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802

The Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802

The Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802

The Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802

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The first volume of Parson Woodforde's Diary was published in the spring of 1924. The welcome accorded to this obscure Country Parson, the existence of whose diaries had hitherto been completely unknown, even to the Historical Manuscripts Commission, was immediate and widespread. Statesmen, men of letters, and that elusive person, the common reader, all came under Woodforde's spell. Journals of every sort and kind contained long and enthusiastic reviews. I received numerous letters, some from remote corners of the world. Every one wanted more Woodforde. The consequence was that the extracts from the Diary which grew even more interesting as the forty-four years -- 1758 -- 1802 -- of its period advanced could not be contained in less than five volumes, the last of which appeared in 1931. Probably ten or twelve volumes would have been required if every entry of the forty-four years had been printed. Perhaps one day that task will be accomplished. As it is, though I should now give more extensive extracts from the period 1758-76 if I were to begin my editorial work all over again, I believe that the five volumes convey the best that Woodforde had to give.

Meanwhile it has been suggested more than once that five volumes, while well enough for students, for libraries, and for Woodforde disciples, are a trifle daunting to the ordinary person, particularly if the . . .

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