Well, I suppose it was too good to last – all the excitement about the maps, only to be told during last week’s visit that in 1880s, the RGS didn’t necessarily keep everything they were sent, i.e. they do not appear to have kept the original journals of my subject, although they do have the transcribed account, which I know my subject did not agree with, so it wasn’t published in The Proceedings of the RGS as planned. However, saw some amazing contemporary photos of the areas my subject travelled to, so not all downhearted.
Successful visit to the RGS on Monday. Was able to handle hand drawn maps of my subject’s journeys done in 1880’s – amazing. I am able to get copies too (for a price) so it will save me a lot of time not having to do them myself. An added bonus was seeing letters written by my subject and discovering that his personal journals were brought back to the RGS with a view to being published in the Proceedings of the RGS – but this didn’t actually happen. However, the journals are not filed under subject’s name so will have to do more searching to see where they might be.