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HENRY M. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/29/1895 - HFSID 101390

HENRY M. STANLEY The explorer sent this signed and handwritten letter saying that he will not speak Autograph Letter Signed: "Henry M. Stanley", 4½x6, 1895 November 29.

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HENRY M. STANLEY
The explorer sent this signed and handwritten letter saying that he will not speak
Autograph Letter Signed: "Henry M. Stanley", 4½x6, 1895 November 29.In full:"I think it would be unimportant for me to promise such a distant date as March 10th 1896 [illegible] I have no special message to utter, and [illegible] I much regret having to ask you to excuse me. Yours faithfully," 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. Light ink transfer. Otherwise, fine condition.

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