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PEARY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/07/1898 - HFSID 4452. Peary , 1¼p, 5½x8½, front and verso. New York, 1898 May 7.On letterhead of Frederick H. Stokes Company, Publishers and Importers, to his lecture agent, James B. In full: I write this simply as a memorandum. As I told you yesterday I don't wish to trouble you.
You have been obliged at times to wait for me to meet my obligations, & I do not complain at waiting for you. If you find it possible to meet the entire amount in a week or so it will naturally be very acceptable for I have literally been living from hand to mouth ever since I came back from the west, in order to meet a note which was due the 1st. I obtained a two weeks extension, putting off the evil day till the 15th. I must have a thousand this next week, then the balance can wait.I sincerely trust you will not fail me. On this expedition, Peary's would lose his toes to frostbite, and his wife, Josephine, accompanied by their daughter, Marie (born in 1893 during an expedition to Greenland), would spearhead a relief effort. The family was forced to winter in the northern region in 1900, but Josephine and Marie headed south in 1901. Peary refused to accompany them, making an additional, but unsuccessful, attempt to reach the Pole.
Navy in 1881, and in that capacity explored Greenland in 1886 on the first of his seven polar expeditions. On July 17, 1908, after three unsuccessful attempts to reach the North Pole, he set out on another polar expedition. On April 6, 1909, he and a small party, including his assistant, Matthew Henson, and four Inuit, became the first to reach the North Pole. Although another American, Frederick A.
Cook, had claimed to have reached the Pole five days later, Cook's claim was later refuted. In 1911, the year he retired from the Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral, Congress officially recognized Peary's achievement. His clients included other explorers, including Richard E. Byrd, Vilhjalmur Stefannson and Henry Stanley, as well as such notables as Mark Twain, Henry Ward Beecher, James Whitcomb Riley, P.
We have found references to Pond representing Peary on the lecture circuit from the mid-1890s (Peary lectured on his explorations of Greenland), but have been unable to determine the outcome of this letter. Light show through of ink.
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