Over the last seven months I have been transcribing all of the tailoring accounts presented by Louis Bazalgette to the Prince of Wales between the middle of 1786 and the middle of 1795.
This task is now finally complete, and comprises 226 pages in its transcribed form.
Since these are not Crown Copyright (since they were produced by a tradesman and not by an employee of the Crown), I shall be able to reproduce them as appendices in the book.
It will make for a fatter book, but there seemed little point in trying to publish them separately. I shall have to see if by enlarging the page format and decreasing the font size I can come up with an affordable book. I think this data is so important that it has to be made available. The task now is to analyze all of this information and then to start to incorporate some of it into the story. For instance, when the Prince ordered a Kempshot Hunt frock I know where he will be off to in a few days. Matching some of the more splendid costumes with events such as balls or royal birthdays is an interesting task, and will probably involve much scanning of court circulars.
It feels odd to have finally finished this mammoth job. A break to regroup is indicated!