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unthought; looking doubtfully at the paper; ness of roofs

and sometimes I half thought ness,
looking very doubtfully at the paper;       1
Not thought ness; Unspillet; Unspoiled; Unspotted, Unspottedness;
not supposed to be : Unthought of, not regarded.
Unsquared; Unstained; Unstimped; Unstanched
Un-thought       2
either sentences or words — the mind
was absent on a preaching expedition,
must be elevated above self, and must
shows the state of tumult, yet hopeful
be wholly absorbed in the thought
ness, in       3
thought ness of roofs; inside, the musty old       4
thought. ness of design and finish.       5
scarce any thought ness.
The low murmur of voices       6


  1. OCR cross-column confusion at
    “Anguish in Print. In the strictest confidence.” Tear the thirteenth, preparing lessons. Once a Week No. 333 (May 16, 1874) : 428-432 (429)
    evidently George Manville Fenn (1831-1909), prolific English novelist, journalist, editor and educationalist. Fenn and his family lived at Syon Lodge, Isleworth, Middlesex, where he built up a library of 25,000 volumes and took up telescope making. His The Star-Gazers (1894) was a three-volume “astronomical romance” for adults. (wikipedia)
    aside —
    I cannot recall how I surmised this piece was penned by Fenn, who was editor of Once a Week, unless it be the introduction to its first installment, in the issue of March 21, 1874, at page 259. (Will revise if clarity comes.)
  2. OCR cross-column confusion at
    B. H. Smart, Walker’s Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, Adapted to the present state of literature and science. (Eighth edition; London, 1874) : 661
    On Benjamin Humphrey Smart (1786?-1872), “elocutionist, grammarian, and philosopher of language,” see Brigitte Nerlich, “Triangulating the history of science communication: Faraday, Marcet and Smart.” History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences (2018), here.
  3. OCR cross-column misread at
    “The Convent of San Marco” pt. 3, Preacher and Prior,” in Macmillan’s Magazine 30 (September 1874): 418-428 (422)
    evidently Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant (1828-97 *), on Savanarola, in her The Makers of Florence: Dante, Giotto, Savonarola, And Their City (many editions, the first being London, 1876), at hathitrust.
  4. J(ohn), W(illiam). De Forest (1826-1906 *). “Chanet,” in The Casquet of Literature, being a selection in poetry and prose from the works of the most admired authors. Vol. 4 (1874) : 105-114 (found via google, but links to hathitrust)
  5. OCR cross-column confusion involving “A Last Glance at Pompeii” and “The Tomb of Juliet at Verona,” at Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Family Almanac for 1875 (bound with 1874 in google scan, snippet view only) : 63 (links to hathitrust)
  6. OCR cross-column misread at
    “The Living Link” [by the author of “The Dodge Club,” “The American Baron,” etc.], Chapter 28 “A Marriage in the Dark,” in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 48 : 693-710 (695)
    This would be James De Mille (1833-80), see entry by Minerva Tracy at Dictionary of Canadian Biography. De Mille was a professor at Dalhousie University; information about him can be found at Dalhousie’s 200th anniversary pages here, and at wikipedia.
    The installments were separately published as The Living Link. A Novel. (New York, 1874) : google books and hathitrust

7 June 2021