HENRY M. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/03/1899 - HFSID 189820
Sale Price $1,487.50
HENRY M. STANLEYAs a Member of Parliament, the explorer penned this letter regarding his busy schedule and lack of free time to lecture Autograph Letter Signed: "Henry M. Stanley" as Member of Parliament, 4p, 4¾x7. Whitehall, 1899 July 3.To New York lecture agent Major J.B. Pond. In part: "As regards Lecturing I shall not be able to do it this year. I have a number of private businesses to attend to which require my presence here…Perhaps next year, if we both live, I may be in a more suitable frame of mind for Lecturing. At any rate I look forward to more leisure. By the bye, the Paris Exposition is to be held next year & you will be coming over & perhaps you will not disdain to pay us a visit…Lady Stanley is in excellent health, & unchanged…in appearance. Her mother retains her energy & her looks. The photo of 1890 would do for one of her in 1899. It is a wonderful case of the effect of calm life, and a tranquil & orderly mind. Hamilton Aide-whom of course you remember, dined with us last night-& though 74 years old, looks the very same as when he went on that 'Voyage of Discovery' in 1890…." Remembered mostly for "finding" Dr. Livingstone, Stanley returned to Africa in 1887-1889 to rescue German explorer Emin Pasa. He discovered the "Mountains of the Moon" (Ruwenzon) and traced the Semliki River to its source in Lake Edward. Sir Henry M. Stanley (1841-1904, born as John Rowlands) was 17 when he came to the United States in 1858 and was adopted by a New Orleans merchant named Henry M. Stanley, who gave him his own name. In 1865, the 24-year-old Stanley became a newspaper correspondent and traveled to Asia Minor, Ethiopia, Crete, and Spain. James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the "New York Herald", commissioned him to lead an expedition into central Africa to find missionary David Livingstone. In November 1871, Stanley "found" him, greeting him with the famous remark: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" From 1874 on, Stanley led various exploring expeditions into Africa. He discovered Lake Edward, circumnavigated Lake Victoria, traced the southern sources of the Nile River, surveyed Lake Tanganyika, and opened up the Congo region. The Congo Free State was formed in 1885. The Congo city of Stanleyville, now Kisangani, was named in his honor. Becoming a repatriated British citizen, he served in Parliament from 1895-1900. He was knighted in 1899. Light show through. Otherwise, fine condition.
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