W I S D E N ' S    S E C R E T


Wisdens's secret was initially  a blog based upon a manuscript written in 1863 and from which I can prove quite conclusively that this manuscript is in part at least "the original source manuscript" to the 1st edition of Wisden's Almanack 1864.   Below is an illustration of the results table page  for the University Rowing Matches in the manuscript written in 1863. This is obviously the original source for the page in Wisden's Almanack first edition 1864 of the page containing the University Rowing Matches  also illustrated below. 

It became expanded considerably once I realised the strong possibility that the father of the author of the manscript  alluded to above  might very well be the "original" Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.   (see below)

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 1863

This manuscript upon examination provides a midpoint between the Rowing Almanacks of 1863 and 1864 and the first edition of Wisden's Almanack of 1864 that is difficult to dispute.  


Proof of copying by Wisden however, (ie. beyond reasonable doubt) is shown by the last three race timings.


In  Wisden 1864 the last three race  timings are exactly the same as the last three race timings in the manuscript, and all three are are different to the race timings in the Rowing Almanack .s of 1863 and 1864 from which this table so bviously derives. The odds against  Wisden making exactly the same  race timing mistakes independently, are astronomical. These odds increase when the close connections between the two men become revealed


A more detailed explanation of this proof with supporting illustrations can be found by clicking the Content page. It  appears in the section "First and Second Proof Beyond  Reasonable Doubt..."

The illustration to the left is the page from the 1st edition of Wisden 1864 showing the Universitry Rowing Matches. (Published with the permission of Neil Robinson  Lords Library)

Both these illustrations have as their source the University Rowing Match page from  Rowing Almanack of 1863 and 1864. An illustration of this page is to be found in Wisden/s Secret Part 2   "First and Second Proof"  

The author of the manuscript above was a former rower with Magdalene College 

University Rowing Matches 1864

Jane Austen 
Some Extraordinary Secrets


The real (?) life identity of Mr. Darcy, The real (?) life location of Thornton Lacey. The real (?) life location of Northanger Abbey and Woodston  and the extraordinary discovery of Easter Eggs (ie. hidden treasures  in the form of anagram word puzzles within Jane Austen's writings that have lain undisturbed for over 200 years) Also discovered are are a good number of  fresh  very cleverly hidden  puns ( until 2017 only 1 was known) and very recently found published  are "Easter Eggs" utilizing numbers.    Finally in early April 2021 I uncovered a quite brilliant  origin for the source of the name Pemberley     

Perhaps I should not say so myself but I think that what I have found is absolutely extraordinary   

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A unique, recently discovered etching

Rembrandt undiscovered etching

This image is a unique etching with drypoint  and dated 1653 .The image here has been enlarged in order to see the true creative complexity of this etching further enlargement is necessary. Its actual size is 160mm by 130mm.

I have spent time without success attempting to find another example.   The closest I have come is an image of the same man by another etcher G.F.Schmidt  entitled The Bartige Orientale  The Bearded Oriental.  No expert that I have so far consulted has seen another example.   I believe with good reason therefore this etching to be unique.    If anyone knows of another example, (not a reproduction), of this actual etching I would like to know because I am pretty sure there isn't one.

Below is a much enlarged image.  Unfortunately modern technology is not able to reproduce even when enlarged everything that is recorded on the original etching. It is still not possible not to see the finest of fine detail. For example, the right hand corner of the old mans left eye is created using about 15 clearly defined lines with gaps between each.

At the moment it's the best I can offer. 

Undiscovered Rembrandt Etching

Lung Infections

and intense itching


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Bison Electric Engine Review 

And Diary of a Trip to Northampton Under Electric Power 

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