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HENRY WHITE

THE rector of Fyfield in Hampshire, Henry White, was a brother of the famous naturalist, Gilbert White of Selborne. Like his brother, he was a constant and regular observer of all that was within his reach in matters of natural science and he was also a methodical diarist. The available volumes of his diary are for the years 1780 to 1784. They are large folio size; each page is divided into three columns; as one column serves for each day, when the book is open the record of a week's doings is before the reader, Sunday's doings being entered under the heading of "Yesterday" in the Monday column. A horizontal line across the middle divides each day into two parts. The upper half is used for domestic notes, the lower half for recording how his team of horses were employed and what the men in his service were working at. At the bottom there are readings of the thermometer and barometer and the direction of the wind. When a diarist deliberately restricts himself to a confined space for each day the chances are that his necessarily brief notes will be matter of fact and colourless. But this is not the case with Henry White. He manages to imbue his few lines with the colour of his personality and besides showing the strenuous activities of his life as a parson and an agriculturist and giving his observations as a naturalist, he makes many notes which are interesting from the point of view of local history. He does not indulge in the expression of any opinions, make any reflections, or break out into prayer. His busy mind was turned outwards not inwards. An account of a typical Sunday shows that he "served" other churches besides his own.

1788. May. Monday 26. Yesterday Very bright night and morn. White Frost and Ice enough to scorch ye young French beans

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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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