Journal Entry August 28th 188…
I have met the Brothers of the Church of the Builder. They introduced themselves as Brothers Lapis and Brother Rudyard. I was surveying the newly acquired property at Babbage Canals #9 when they decided to pay me a visit. I was not on the site for a minute before they showed up. They inquired into what manner the property was to be used. I informed them at present a Whale Oil refinery was being considered for the lot.
I do not know why the Society members assigned me to this endeavor. I was just about to set sail to study the Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) when they recalled me.
They have also delayed funding my expedition to the Amazon plateau until the current endeavor is completed. I do not know why I am here overseeing the building project when I could be making discoveries that could advance our knowledge of natural history.