Dancing Suite, part 2: The Consequences of Flight, 19/19 "DONE!"
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Fandom: Murdoch Mysteries
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: William Murdoch/James Pendrick
Characters: William Murdoch, James Pendrick, Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid, Georges Crabtree, James Gillies, Dr. Roberts (Murdoch Mysteries), Thomas Edison, Auguste Lumière, Gustave Eiffel, Marcel Guillaume, Antoine Lumière, Alphonse Bertillon, Louis Lumière
Additional Tags: A host of OCs - Freeform, A host of historical figures, Diary/Journal, Fake Academic Essay, Historically Accurate, Bycicles
Series: Part 2 of The Dancing Suite
The following is taken from a recently defended Master’s cognate in History entitled « The Consequences of Flight : The Rediscovered Diary of a Canadian Homosexual in the Late-Victorian Era. »
Excerpts from the Conclusion
[...] It is unfortunate that Murdoch's diary ends so abruptly, mid-sentence. This fact, and the loose leaf entry dated from October leads one to believe there is a second volume, location unknown. That the lone volume transcribed here was conserved at all is a miracle all of its own. [...] Above all, the journal's very existence as part of the Ogden Fonds at the Ontario Provincial Archives reveals the Murdoch and his colleague and friend Julia Ogden were at some point in contact after 1900. When exactly this occurred and under what circumstances is a mystery. [...] No correspondence between the two as survived, so far as we have identified. This is no proof of its nonexistence, however.
Much further research, notably in the Pendrick family archival fonds, housed both in Toronto and Vancouver, should lead to more revelations. Sadly, such extensive research was simply out of the purview of a Master's degree's cognate essay. The same must be said for research in French Archives, especially in administrative, judiciary and police fonds. From what can be deduced, there should be a record of Murdoch and Pendrick's residency permits, both under pseudonyms and their real names. Salary records must exist. Did they move up the ranks of the judiciary police nascent forensic service in the shadow of Marcel Guillaume's meteoric career? Did they join Bertillon's office, situated in the famed labyrinthine rooms under the rafters at Quai des Orfèvres? Such research, both across Canada and in France, would be possible in the course of a PhD project. It is our hope to continue to unravel the lost lives of William Murdoch and his lover James Pendrick. [...]