The sources for the quotations and editorial comments in all the Mary Hardy volumes are cited fully and clearly in the editorial notes in the margins of the diary text. The publishers Burnham Press strongly hold that citations should appear on the page to which they relate, and not be tucked away in endnotes. The approach to layout is explained under Burnham Press/About us.

Each Mary Hardy volume also has a bibliography of all the cited primary and secondary sources. Far more sources had to be consulted and absorbed during the research, but these works of background reference are not cited.

The only exception is the work of pure transcription The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809, where there are no citations. This publication has almost no editorial comment, no annotations, and no bibliography and index.

Raven Hardy's entries, 27-29 Nov. 1782

Drama recorded in his mother’s diary by Raven Hardy, aged 15. He describes the loss of HMS Royal George, with hundreds drowned. The Hardys’ drayman Robert Lound breaks his thigh on a beer delivery 28 Nov. 1782. The Hardy children all made entries from an early age

In the pages of this section of the website extra information is given about the principal sources consulted. More can be found on the main Diary website under Sources.

Mary Hardy’s descendants

One of the pleasures of the project has been the freedom of access granted to Margaret Bird by Mary Hardy’s descendants. This is acknowledged with deep gratitude. The manuscript diaries of Mary Hardy and Henry Raven, together with a great hoard of family diaries, documents and photographs, remain in private hands. The Cozens-Hardy Collection is described under Private archives.

These treasures are now being brought before the public in as full a manner as possible—in more than 5000 printed pages.