We here present a concordance to Donne's 1654 prose Letters (prepared using R. J. C. Watt's text analysis software Concordance ), a first-line index, a file containing the complete text of the volume, and a bibliographical description of the volume. The concordance and the first-line index are available in both HTML and PDF versions, and the complete text is available in an HTML version. The PDF versions, which lack some of the functionalities of the on-line versions, can be downloaded for ease of off-line use.
The transcription files were created from the T. R. O'Flahertie copy of the 1654 Letters, now held at Texas A&M's Cushing Library, and replicate the format of that edition line for line. The text is encoded for certain structural and typographical features according to the system of Donne Variorum Markup Tags developed for use in the Donne Variorum. Each transcription is entered within a frame file made up of the following parts:
Stop-list words not included in the concordance are: a, an, and, as, at, by, for, from, he, her, him, his, I, in, is, it, of, on, or, said, she, that, the, they, to, was, with, you.
This concordance of John Donne's Letters (1654) was created using R.J.C. Watt's "Concordance" software, version 3.2.
The main concordance screen contains four main frames:
In this concordance, the Donne Variorum Markup Tags have been retained and, if a word contains coding, it will be concorded separately from non-tagged instances of the same word. For example, searching under "B" for "Bedford" will result in only two instances of this word. However, there are 11 instances of the word "Bedford" in italics, and are these are tagged as %1Bedford%2, instead of appearing in italics (e.g., Bedford). To find these instances, click on the "Show Undivided List" button in the left frame and scroll until "%1Bedford%2" appears. When trying to find every instance of a word, it is a good idea to check the list of tagged words that precedes section "A," as this is where all the words with Donne Variorum Markup Tags will occur. The main coding feature listed in this section is italics, but there are also instances of superscript (...), subscript (...), and small caps (...); words that are attached to a line break (/); and numbers (including dates). At times, tagging may come at the end of the word without corresponding HTML tagging. In such cases, the word with the end-tag will appear in the list of words immediately after the non-tagged word. For example, the word "left" is followed in the list of concorded words by "left%2".
This concordance program treats words hyphenated at the end of the line as two separate words. Since many instances of line-end hyphenation occur in the letters, users should check to see if there are also hyphenated versions of the word they are looking for. For example, looking under section "H" for "heaven" will yield 21 instances of the word. But there are two more instances of "heaven" that are listed under "hea-". When hyphenation occurs in the middle of a line (for example, hyphenation of compounds), the hyphenated words are treated as one word. Therefore, it is possible to miss an instance of a word if that word comes in the latter part of a compound. For example, searching under "S" for "shot" results in one instance of this word. But another instance of "shot" is found in the compound "hail-shot." If all instances of a word are required, including instances where it is compounded with another word, one option is to search for that word in the bottom frame, which contains the text of all the letters. To perform a search, make sure your cursor is in the bottom frame, then use your web browser's "Find" function to locate all instances of the word.