The Manuscript of the Louisa Collins Diary

It isn't clear just when Louisa started her diary. As the first page of what has survived begins in the middle of an entry and the pages are not numbered, there's no way of knowing how many pages have been lost. They could be as few as one or two pages or as many as, or more than, the 24 pages that have come down.

As the first complete entry is dated August 15, the incomplete one preceding it is likely for Monday, August 14-because Louisa's entries tend to be made on a daily basis-or else Sunday, August 13, Sunday being the usual (though not the only) day of the week Mr. Beamish visits Colin Grove.

History of the Manuscript

Description of the Manuscript

Editing Difficulties