The Journals

Following is a description of Priscilla’s journals by (it is assumed) Lady Georgiana Chapman.

‘The diary for the first year is written in a small paper book about the size of a penny account book, but all the subsequent ones are in marbled covered exercise books, without lines. Every page is carefully ruled into spaces for each day of the week, with a margin an inch wide, ruled off for a record of the weather.

The entries for each day are brief, but very much to the point, and although they are a record of facts rather than emotions, reflections or expressions of feeling occur often enough to give the chronicle of events a living interest and to reveal the character of the writer so fully that we seem to know her intimately.

The Journal for most years is preceded by a summary of the events of the previous twelvemonths, and this retrospect is sometimes the occasion for more copious reflections than appear in the daily entries.’

Micro MS-0972-02 ‘Priscilla Wakefield’, Chapter 1, p.7. TS manuscript. 122 p. Alexander Turnbull Library.

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