Work on the Statutes Project done in the last two months:
New Volumes: I have scanned, and uploaded to Github, 13 volumes of the series ‘The Law Reports: The Public General Statutes’, each covering one session of parliament held between 1880 and 1898. Note that this is raw, uncorrected OCR; as yet I haven’t run my corrections list over these files. And note that this isn’t a complete, or even consecutive, run; there are still 8 years of the nineteenth century missing.
New Tables: there is now a complete run of tables of legislation spanning 1814 to 1900, hosted on Github.
One new act: for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, 1760.
New bibliographies, of the English Statutes of the Realm series, and – of a mere three items – for legislation of Antigua and the Leeward Islands. Also, updated are the Jamaican and Indian lists.
And the usual round of automated OCR corrections, and ‘garbage removal’, of random characters and symbols.
These last two months have mainly be spent making automated corrections to the OCRd volumes of the Statutes. Alongside correcting specific mistranscriptions, I’ve been working on correcting word endings, such as ‘fiire’ for shire and ‘mcnt’ for ment; and I have also been cleaning up random junk and stray marks generally interpreted by Abbyy Finereader as punctuation or symbols.
In other work, many new tables have been added, mainly for the nineteenth century. There is now a complete run from 1851 to 1880. Find them on Github.
Added to this site: New bibliographies for the various collections of British statutes. See the blog post about them, and the bibliographies themselves.
Also added, just a couple of new laws: 1857 Time in Royal Marines, 1858 Abolition of Franchise Prisons.
Work carried out in the last two months of 2017:
Transcribed two missing pages, listing statutes of the reign of Edward the Third, of volume 2 of Pickering’s Statutes at Large.
Started removing latin and french text from the earlier volumes of Pickering’s Statutes. English translations are given in the books, and the foreign versions serve to complicate the OCR correction process.
Github reorganization: I have split the Butterworths volumes into two groups on the basis of whether they used the long s or not.
Tables of statutes added to Github: just one, for 1756.
Many individual statutes added to this site.
Uploaded the first item to a new folder of miscellaneous items, namely a collection of statutes relating to Kingston Upon Hull.
And of course, automatic correction of many common mis-transcriptions in the Pickering, Ruffhead and Butterworths ‘long-s’ volumes.
To do in 2018, given I have other pressing commitments: to concentrate on the legislation of the parliament of Great Britain, from union with Scotland (1707) to union with Ireland (1800); to produce a full set of tables for these years; and to experiment with visualizing these tables.