> this would be a much more credible claim at this early time-
> before accusations of forgery- than that of a later family
> member (his great grandson) making the claim decades on because
> it would not have the stigma of 'revenge' against the 'famous'
> guy who wronged his ancestor (or whatever) associated with it.
With all due respect to the family of Howard Vyse, his secrecy that night in the rafters alone with a candle and allegedly a bucket of paint is their a cross to bear. Vyse could have chosen to make it a public disclosure but chose not to. It was a risk he preferred to take for whatever reason. As a result, we have nothing more than a non-verifiable report, a red hot rumor mill, and physical evidence that is fair game for anyone to interpret.
I have no sympathy for those who cry foul due to the suspicion of revenge. Vyse knew better and chose otherwise. Now he must sleep in that bed.