Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry (1874-1922) Autograph Letter Signed, 31 December 1907. Single leaf inscribed on one side, on British Antarctic Expedition writing paper, with autograph addressed envelope. To Lieutenant Willoughby, written aboard the H.M.S. Powerful, saying that he has noted the time and "all our people will be at Nimrod at 7:40 pm. The following are the names: Professor David, Captain England, Lieut. Adams, Dr. Marshall, Mr. Dunlop, Sir Philip Brocklehurst, Mr. Priestly, E.H. Shackleton." Matted and framed, old folds, 9 x 7 1/2 in.
This letter was written during Shackleton's first Antarctic expedition on the small whaler, Nimrod. On the journey, the Shackleton team explored the Barrier, discovered the Beardmore glacier, reached the South Magnetic pole, and climbed Mr. Erebus. Shackleton's book, The Heart of the Antarctic, describes the mission about to launched at the writing of the present epistle.
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