Challenges

July 2024 challenge: Notebook D continued

Our work on Notebook D continues, with the end now in sight!

So far, in our transcription of Notebook D we have found extracts from three different works by the philosopher Sydney Smith and one unknown source in the following order:

  • 01           blank page
  • 02           Spring Guns and Man Traps (final sentences of the essay)
  • 03           blank page
  • 04           On the Beautiful (3 sentences from the middle of the essay)
                   Spring Guns and Man Traps (sentences immediately preceding the final ones on page 2)
  • 05           I Would Not Live Always (starting at shorthand line 7)
  • 06           On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 04)
  • 07           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 05)
  • 08           On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 06)
  • 09           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 07)
  • 10           On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 08)
  • 11           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 09)
  • 12           On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 10)
  • 13           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 11)
  • 14           On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 12)
  • 15           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 13)
  • 16           lines 1+2               unknown source
                   lines 3-18              On the Beautiful (immediately precedes page 14)
  • 17           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 15)
  • 18           unknown source
  • 19           I Would Not Live Always (continues from page 17)
  • 20           unknown source

For our July 2024 Notebook D challenge, we are moving on to pages 21, 22, 23 and 24.

Remember:

  • On the Beautiful has now been completed; it started at page 16, l.2, then continued on pages 14, 12, 10, 08, 06, ending on 04.
  • I Would Not Live Always seems to be going forwards on alternate pages.
  • We have already seen parts of Spring Guns and Man Traps on pages 02 and 04.
  • We have completely new text on pages 16, 18 and 20. These pages may a single consecutive text taken from a single source, but they may not be.

Resources

Explore the ‘Man Traps and Spring Guns’ essay here. ‘On the Beautiful’ (which comes in three parts) can be found here. You can find the sermon, ‘I Would Not Live Always’ here.

Please complete as much of the entry form as you can and email us your solutions by 2 August 2024.

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