Commonplace book, 1819-1825

Department Archive
Collection George Finlay Papers
Reference No. FIN/GF/A/31
Level Item
Dimensions 12 x 20 cm
Dates 1819-1825
Scope and Content Rubbed purple mottle boards, worn leather spine and corners, 'Journal' on spine, bookplate inside cover 'John Finlay', with coat of arms and motto 'I'll be wary'. 'For Mrs MacGregor's Album' written on p. 2, paginated, pp. 1-210.
Commonplace Book
Excerpts pasted up (a kind of Readers' Digest containing information, pictures, poems, amusing anecdotes, some political pieces) ; the dates range from 1819, 1823, 1824, to 1825.
Notes Greece was one of the last European countries to adopt the newer Gregorian calendar. For most of the nineteenth century, the Julian calendar was 12 days behind the Gregorian. British correspondents in the Finlay Collection tend to use the newer calendar. Letters with two dates 12 days apart, eg. 24 April / 6 May 1828, refer to both the Julian and Gregorian calendars.