Hello, I am a new member of the International Byron Society and would appreciate some guidance from more learned members should they feel inclined.
I am re-creating the Grand Tour of 1809-11 and writing a book thereof, the working title of which is Byron’s Grand Tour, re-Toured. Full details of the project are on the website http://www.strathcarrons-ahoy.com
I am publishing the chapters in non-final, and non-sequential, draft on the blog http://byron-grand-tour.blogware.com/
which is linked off the website. If any member has a hanker to read any of this it would be much appreciated, especially the first entry ‘Byron pre-Tour’, and let me know if there are any horrible howlers. Research on board is difficult due to very slow, if any, internet access and obvious load carrying problems with too much of a library.
We sail from here, Siracusa in Sicily, at midnight tonight for Malta where research should be much more plentiful. One final plea for help: can anyone shed any light on the mysterious Spiridion Foresti and his son George? No mention is made of them in (my books on board) Marchand (Portrait), MacCarthy or Galt, yet Hobhouse is clearly impressed and after meeting the Forestis the Grand Tour veered towards Turkey and Greece rather than greater Arabia as originally planned.
Many thanks if you are able to help.
s/y Vasco da Gama
in transit to Maltahttp://www.strathcarrons-ahoy.com