I’ve been reading the Walpoliana, anecdotes ca. 1800 from Horace Walpole. I like books of anecdotes! They are easy on the eye and the mind after a long day. I did try to obtain a printed copy, but the “reprints” are just print-on-demand items, available in two weeks. By that time I will have forgotten all about them!
The author is new to me, but I have found him strangely charmless. It does not help that he is an atheist. All his clerical anecdotes are sneering; his courtly anecdotes seem often devoted to the Royal mistresses. His praise of Bishop Hoadly, one of the most loathed ecclesiastics of the period, reminded me mainly that we should fear the praise of wicked men. Few of the remaining anecdotes are of great interest. So … a bit of a bust.
I apologise to anybody who has been awaiting an email from me. A cold is preventing me doing very much at present. I’ve mainly been dealing with things outstanding for too long.
The Methodius project is now awaiting a sample translation from a potential translator with both Greek and Slavonic. This should be started, but hardly more. Once I have this, I can decide how to proceed.