In his article Paul raises a very important point. Records may not be what they seem on initial inspection and simply taking them on face value may create a false impression. As researchers we need to look beyond the material evidence and examine the social, economic and historical factors that led to the creation of the record in the first place!
“Was just going to evening service when I got a hurried message to Ladylands to see a man who had got capsized from a motor side car. His name was Borthwick from Aberlady. He had a cut head & some abrasions etc but nothing serious.”
“but if she knows Campveer[sic] as well as I, she must be very fond of her husband, was it not for opportunities to play chess with Swiss officers and magistracy I should be at a loss to amuse myself, Tenent shuts himself up and sees nobody, Duthie is seldom at home, Douglas and I are not on good terms … he makes a bad companion, John Stewart seldom appears, so my only resources are the Dutch Patience.”
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