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WILLIAM JONES

NOT many people have heard of Broxbourne, and only some of those who have, will know that William Jones (a native of Abergavenny, born in 1754) was curate and vicar there for forty years from 1781 to 1821. If special prominence is given here to William Jones's diary, it is not because he was an eminent divine or a great writer, neither is it because he was acquainted with famous people nor because he collected important gossip and shed sidelights on public affairs which are of historical value, it is simply because a perusal of his record shows that William Jones was a great diarist. It is unnecessary to repeat the elements which constitute good diary writing1 or to emphasize again that it is not the subject matter which counts but the attitude of mind and powers of perception and expression of the writer. There is nothing in William Jones's career that is noteworthy, nor were his daily pursuits, his domestic cares, or his intercourse with his neighbours of special interest, but he had individuality and character, original and peculiar powers of expression and an overwhelming desire to scribble down at all periods of his life and at all moments of the day and even night (for he kept a special slate by his bedside) the ideas and impressions which were continually bubbling up in his very shrewd and observant mind. His diary, which he began when he was at Jesus College, Oxford, covers 2,962 pages. He kept a Book of Domestic Lamentations as a safety-valve for his matrimonial woes and domestic grievances. There were two volumes of this unique record which, most unfortunately, he destroyed. He kept a Journal of Health dealing with his own and his parishioners' ailments and a Medical Common Place book recording the progress of local epidemics. There

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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