ADOLPHUS W. GREELY
Sends thanks for a book on Arctic animals.
TLS: "A.W. Greely", 1p, 8x10½. War
Department Library, Washington, D.C., 1897 April 24. To Dr. Merriam. In
full: "I return herewith, with thanks, 'Richardson's Quadrupeds'."
Signed as "Brigadier General and/Chief Signal Officer, U.S.A./In
charge of distribution of Documents". "Richardson's Quadrupeds" was probably
Short characters of a few quadrupeds procured on Capt. Franklin's late
expedition written by Dr. John Richardson in 1828. Sir John "Franklin's
late expedition" was to the Arctic in 1825-1827. Adolphus W. Greely and his
party of 25 men landed on northern Grinnell Land in the Arctic Sea in August
1881. Within a few months, Greely's expedition had
charted the outlines of Grinnell Land, and obtained meteorological and magnetic
data while three men from the party reached 83º24'N, setting a new record for
the farthest northern exploration. The party wintered at Cape Sabine until
rescue ships arrived in June 1884. After returning to New York, Greely's party
was hailed as heroic Arctic explorers. In 1935, he received the Congressional
Medal of Honor for his contributions to polar exploration. Lightly
creased. Shaded at blank left edge and at folds on verso (light show
through). Stray ink mark at center. Overall, fine condition.
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