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Fokke & Sukke cartoon

All the members of the VICI project "The Codifiers and the English Language" would like to thank comic artist Jean-Marc van Tol for providing them with such a great cartoon for their weblog. Van Tol’s cartoon characters Fokke & Sukke state that "Given the books that are published these days, we would rather call ourselves ‘The Da-Vinci Codifiers’". 

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

In her article on children’s correspondence in the Netherlands (17701850) (see Paedagogica Historica, Vol 41, No.3, June 2005), Willemijn Ruberg notes that during the years 1836 and 1837 the letters of Lady Montagu, in which she writes about her travels, were part of the curriculum of the three sons of the Hubrecht family. Between the ages of ten and twelve the boys studied "with Mr De Gelder, who headed a boarding school in Leiden. They had to learn rhetoric, of which the composition of letters formed a part" (2005:297).

A History of Shopping

For those of you who are busy doing your Christmas shopping why not have a look at Dorothy Davis’s book "A History of Shopping" (1966). Davis’s book also contains a chapter on shopping during the eighteenth century and provides interesting lists such as  "An Estimate of the Necessary Charge of a Family in the Middling Station of Life, consisting of a Man, his Wife, four Children and one Maidservant (The Station of Life of a Tradesman who sets up Business on £ 1,000, a Very Substantial Start in Life.)" (1966:209), and the weekly expenses of a saddler, who in 1775 "only earned 15 s. a week", his wife and his three children (1966:213).








Samuel Johnson

I recently came across an interesting website about Samuel Johnson (1709-1784). The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page claims to be "[t]he most comprehensive collection of Samuel Johnson quotations on the web". The site contains over 1,800 quotations from Johnson on various topics.   


For those of you who are interested in eighteenth-century egodocuments, please visit the following website.

This website also contains a reference to Arianne Baggerman and Rudolf Dekker’s book " Kind van de Toekomst. De wondere wereld van Otto van Eck (1780-1798)" (2005) (Child of the Future. The Wonderful World of Otto van Eck (1780-1798)) about the Dutch boy Otto van Eck, who kept a diary between 1791and 1797. Baggerman’s article "The Cultural Universe of a Dutch Child: Otto van Eck and his Literature" is also worth having a look at.


Eighteenth-century Corpora

I hope somebody can answer the following question:

How many English (historical) corpora are there at the moment?