New: Online Diaries

How I could neglect SO LONG in collecting together all the WEBSITES that reproduce diaries (and coming soon, letters), I just don’t know. You will find them under the tab DIARIES ONLINE.

While I track down more that I have come across over the years, I start with FOUR sites that were true *FINDS* indeed:

  • Gertrude Savile’s diaries, on Twitter
  • Miss Fanny Chapman’s diaries
  • Lady Charlotte Bridgeman’s journals
  • the theatre comments of John Waldie

This group covers Britain (and sometimes beyond) from the early 1720s into and beyond the 1850s. Each diarist has a fascinating tale to tell, and a compelling voice with which they narrate. Some are presented “whole”; some have accompanying links to page images, if you wish to try deciphering them yourself.

a page from Charlotte Bridgeman’s journal


4 comments on “New: Online Diaries

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  2. Lady Smatter says:

    What a great idea! I look forward to browsing through your links. I’m in the middle of reading a published diary/letter collection by Agnes Porter, a late 18th/early 19th c. governess. I keep wishing I could see pictures of her original documents!

    I did a post a long while back about letters I’d been looking at online, and I’ve since found more than enough to do another one- maybe I’ll get around to it one of these days. . .

    • My dear Lady – I know Agnes Porter well! wonderful book. The same editor (Joanna Martin), followed up A Governess in the Age of Jane Austen (2003) with Wives and Daughters: Women and Children in the Georgian Country House (2004) – both look at materials in the same family.

      The Fox – Talbot – Strangways – earls of Ilchester actually are pretty well documented in published accounts.

      Although things change over time, I presume Agnes Porter’s diaries and letters are still in private hands.


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