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SCOTT, Robert Falcon

Autograph signed letter.

SCOTT, Robert Falcon

Autograph signed letter. 1910

Description

One and half pages on a single leaf. Victoria Street, London; 26th February 1910; 4to. On British Antarctic Expedition, 1910 stationery. Written in the year he commanded his second Antarctic expedition, this letter begins with the word “Private” penned boldly above the greeting. He declines an invitation “I hope you will forgive me for writing to you candidly on this subject. My time is fully occupied and beyond the preparation for my expedition my whole effort has to be devoted to completing funds.” Unlike the Discovery expedition, where fund raising was handled by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society, the Terra Nova Expedition was organised as a private venture without significant institutional support. Scott estimated the total cost at £40,000 (£3 million at 2009 values), half of which was eventually met by a government grant. The balance was raised by public subscription and loans. The fund raising task was largely carried out by Scott, and was a considerable drain on his time and energy, continuing in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand after Terra Nova had sailed from British waters. The letter goes on “I have made an appeal to City Companies which has only been responded to in 3 cases and it would be a waste of my time to attend a dinner without the hope of obtaining help for my enterprise.” A fascinating letter with a number of crossings out and obviously written in haste reflecting the strain Scott was under to raise funds for his final expedition to the Antarctic from which he would never return. Very good, folds, a number of short tears to right margin and corners reinforced.

Price

£4000.00