HENRY M. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/28/1895 - HFSID 153505
Sale Price $935.00
HENRY M. STANLEY
The Welsh explorer who parlayed his popularity into an elected office signed this handwritten letter dated 1895
Autograph Letter signed: "Henry M. Stanley". One page. 4¼x6. November 28, 1895. To "Dear Mr. Maudsley". In Full: "Herewith I send his notes received in reply to my letter to Mr. Gorchess (?). I hope that you have been encouraged by a kindlier tone at the Admiralty. Faithfully yours." 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. Staple holes in upper left corner. Mounting paper remnants show through lightly at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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