Yesterday I put the introduction to the Friend in the mail to its first publisher. That doesn’t mean the book is done – there’s still considerable work to do on the annotations, proofing, and other aspects – but I’ve found that publisher’s deadlines are excellent reasons to say, “Enough with the endless drafts and annotations!”
I had a really nice post lined up for today, I’ll have you know, illuminating one reference in the Friend and revealing a fascinating historical figure. Apparently I didn’t save that draft of the MS., so I’m recreating it at the moment and I’ll share it with you later.
In the meantime, I’m finishing the transcription of the 1846 text. If nothing else, it will be good for some notes as to what Hohman thought he was saying.