Yes, indeed, I am in England! As of Tuesday morning, I will be at the UK National Archives in Kew to peruse various regiments’ muster rolls pertaining to soldiers stationed in William Henry (Sorel) during the first third of the 19th century. On the top of my list is, of course, the 49th Regiment of Foot, hoping to be provided with some significant events of the life of William Hogan (husband of Mary Bangle and son-in-law of John Bangle) pre- and post-Sorel.
I’m telling you, these Bangle Files are sending me on trails I never expected to set foot on!
Well, hopefully, this trip will not be strictly about work. As for instance, today I walked more than 13 km (or should I write 8 miles!) in beautiful Royal Kew Garden.
I appreciated most Kew Palace’s visit which, interestingly enough, was home to King George III—i.e. the King to whom Adam Bangle submitted his petition after the Revolutionary War.
The temperature was very hot, 32o C (90o F). And forget about finding some air conditioning. No, no, I did it the old-fashioned way, by drinking lots and lots of water—ice cream also proved to be reliable in such challenging weather—and enjoying the shade under gigantic and spectacular trees. We are spoiled in North America!
Have a nice time at the Garden while I get some sleep (so that jet lag’s effects vanish for good) before I hit the books at the National Archive tomorrow.