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Henry M. Stanley, on the verge of a career as an African explorer, was at Maqdala, working as a journalist. After the fall, he boasted of acquiring a shield, a "royal cap", part of Emperor Theodore's tent and a decorated, be-jeweled saddle.
Stanley sent the following letter to a friend after the fall of Magdala. (There are two links to pictures of the letter below.) Words that are unclear are followed by a question mark. Missing parts of the text are marked by asterisks.
It appears Stanley had to give up his royal shield to the British Museum. Possibly he is talking about this shield, currently on display in the museum's African collection. The rest of his haul apparently went to friends or benefactors as presents.
At the bottm of this page, there is also a link to a sketch of Emperor Theodore by R.R. Holmes, the British Expeditions official archaeologist. It is interesting that the two man were friends. Holmes took large parts of the loot back to the British Museum. He also kept at least one sacred icon for himself. Read all about it here.
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