"This lovely country, with its tropical vegetation, its grand cordilleras, and its famed volcanic mountains, is really easy to visit as India; and as regards the language, the traveller would always find the necessary Spanish easy to learn, whilst in the towns he would meet with plenty of people speaking English and French."
Robert Blake White, Brown’s contemporary, from Notes on the Central Provinces of Colombia, 1883.
"He was obliged to be strapped on his horse; and it was rather fatiguing for him to be seated so many hours as he sometimes was. When sleep overtook him, we were obliged to carry him, which we did in turns."
Lucy Atkinson recalled how resilient their son, Alatau, was to travel in Recollections of the Tartar Steppes, published in 1863.
"Some who aspire to more exactitude of detail than an artist can hope for in a hasty sketch may wish to practice photography … but unless the traveler possesses … chemical knowledge enough to contend successfully against the various contingencies of changing climate … we are inclined to think that the pencil, … will afford, if not the best, at least the most certainly available results."
"I do not pretend to know the nature of the special difficulties that the climate introduced into lithography, but I know this, that frequently I’ve seen Marston do everything right— clean, ink, press— but for some obscure reason the prints did not come out right. And I’ve seen him during a whole night pull off half a dozen wrong ones for one good print, and he did not use so much language over it as might have been expected."
"The peculiar conditions handicapped scientific work considerably, nevertheless some valuable results were obtained. Two hundred miles of new coast line were mapped; a chain of soundings was extended across the Weddell Sea; and much interesting work done on the natural history of sea-ice."
From a paper read by James and first illustrated by his slides to the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society, January 6th, 1920.