Sometimes historical research is hard work. The following is from the transcript of one of Louisa's Collins' trials (Louisa being the subject of my forthcoming book The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay). There were no court stenographers then, so the poor judge had to make his own notes while the witnesses were talking. This is half a page of one judge's notes. There are 91 pages of notes for this trial alone, all looking like this, and I have to transcribe every page. Fortunately I know the "plot", and some of the testimonies were covered in newspaper reports so I have a guide as to what the witnesses said. But it is a real slog!
Just to give you a clue as to what it says: Licenced Qualified Medical Practitioner. I know Prisoner. I first saw her 1 1/2 years ago. I attended her first husband. He died on 2nd Feb 1887. He was about 45. I did not see Collins then. I saw her first husband twice. I saw a child in April last 5 months old. I was ...
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