The Registry of Wills has wills that were proved in London even though the person died abroad, and the entry in the indexes gives a death date. These can be hard to search since wills were sometimes proved several years after a death -- IF the person left a will which was proved in the UK usually because of a UK residence or UK property.
There have been two very interesting recent books on Muybridge. Rebecca Solnit's River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West Viking, links Muybridge's quest to photograph motion to the revolution in Victorian notions of time and space that she argues began in California. Muybridge famously took on the challenge of photographing horses in motion for Leland Stanford, owner of race horses and founder of the first transcontinental railroad.
Solnit makes much of the new culture of speed rail travel, telegraphs, etc and time the standardization of GMT required by rail travel , but commerce is in that mix too. At the most basic level Stanford asked Muybridge to photograph a running horse his own record-breaking trotter because knowing how horses run could help him manage a more profitable stable. Supposedly the challenge began in a bet over money, though this has been questioned.
Solnit's book puts all this in the context of Taylorism and the splitting of time into ever-smaller increments associated with industrialization, just as photographing motion splits the image or vision itself into ever-smaller increments of light too. It's all fascinating.
Solnit puts all this in a very rich, broad cultural context but she has little to say about the history of photography per se. Prodger makes clear that photography always had a history of struggling with technological challenges and Muybridge's ambition to invent a faster shutter wasn't triggered so to speak just by Stanford and his horse.
From the start photography was necessarily interested in the relationships between time and space and Prodger traces Muybridge's achievements back to the Instantaneous Photography movement of the s, which attempted to photograph breaking waves, clouds passing, waterfalls, etc. Also fascinating! This is all relevant too to Luke McKernan's recent post on the history of cinema and the discovery of the Mitchell and Kenyon archive because Solnit would like to draw a straight line from Muybridge to Hollywood, and argue for California's preeminence in the quest for speed, but of course the more one looks at any given tradition the more complicated its "origins" seem.
Nonetheless, I hope it's clear that I recommend both books highly What would be the best website to consult in such circumstances? In the middle left column, click on "Search for your ancestors in our vast record collections," and you're away. They have online searchable transcriptions of a vast number of registers, particularly pre There is a huge caveat to note, namely that much of the data could be rather dodgy and the standard of transcription is sometimes very poor; but it is a start and you may hit gold.
Rootsweb and its commercial sponsor Ancestry. But I would start with the LDS mob. If you get stuck, e-mail me privately. I'll take a stab at the original query. By with the railroad and steamboat I think a "Galignani's Messenger" could be in a London newspaper office ripe for picking over by the next day.
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The dictionaries of slang I've consulted don't support this idea, but that may mean only that the evidence was unavailable to the dictionary writers. The question about Yiddish is idle curiosity, but I have serious interest in the second one, as an interpretation I've been wanting to make would turn on this piece of information. Thanks for any help. Happy New Year! When I started working on The Lair of the White Worm, I had already gotten well into my research before I realized the text I was using had been abridged!
Apparently the abridgements appeared without any indications, and later editions were based on those shortened versions rather than the first edition. Several of the published discussions of the text also seemed unaware of the discrepancies quite dramatic between the two versions. I am currently working on a research project on physical illness in British and Post-Colonial Literatures, both of the nineteenth and the twentieth century. While I have found quite a few nineteenth-century texts especially Ruth Gaskell's, but also 'Life in the Sick-Room' , I am wondering whether I am overlooking significant texts.
I would therefore be extremely grateful for hints about novels and poems dealing with significant instances of physical illness in nineteenth-century literature also off-list. There's of course a vast literature on the timing and revolutionary or otherwise nature of industrialization. We invite proposals for 20 minute papers or full panels three papers addressing any aspect of the theme topic, including discussions in both Victorian and contemporary contexts. Thus, we would welcome papers on such topics as the social significance of school prize days, the enduring significance of the Changing of the Guard, marriage and funeral customs, the initiation of national observances, the growing phenomenon of commercial and community Dickens Christmas celebrations etc.
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Further information concerning fees, transportation, conference meals etc. What exactly makes them different? How about by sex or age of the interpreter? But we can't do it without your help. Louis St. Louis, MO [log in to unmask] www. June 16, As I recall, the OED first has "industrial revolution" in , but the sense is not what I imagine what you're after. The next usage given is Toynbee's lecture, in Another source I looked at identified Blanqui and Engels as using the term before around, I think, and Dear Robert, The usage of "cock" or "cock sparrow" to refer to a strutting male has been around for centuries the first citation in OED dates from It seems unlikely that this has anything to do with Yiddish.
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There has obviously always been a link between "male" and "physical characteristic of maleness", but this is not mentioned in OED, nor is it normally in the minds of those who routinely use the word: almost invariably, there is no insult intended. Oui vieux libertin, we will meet and celebrate our old age! I will arrange this week for some soft grub somewhere, something that will not sweep away my remaining fangs. You remember my old Portuguese friend who always cracked his nuts with his cock in order to save his grinders, well we must do the same and for the purpose select some quiet nook so that if I crack the instrument instead of the nut the world at large may not become possessed of the sad fact.
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From Conrad's The Secret Agent: It was then five o'clock in the morning, and it was no accident either. An hour afterwards one of the steamer's hands found a wedding ring left lying on the seat. It had stuck to the wood in a bit of wet, and its glitter caught the man's eye.
There was a date, 24th June , engraved inside.
Was this readily available to readers on the nineteenth and early twentieth century? The date I'm interested in is , actually. Offline is fine with me, as this may not be of public interest. The way it is used seems to imply that the phrase is probably not a new coinage. Be thorough. Do not be satisfied with 1 or 2 articles. Read until you stop being surprised. Note the procedure for creating a preliminary bibliography Books, record author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of Publication Magazines, record author, title of article, name of magazine, Date of publication, and page numbers.
Internet documents, cite the author or sponsoring organization, title of the Document, date of Internet publication or latest update, URL. And the date On which you accessed the document.