HENRY M. STANLEY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/15/1897 - HFSID 264588
Sale Price $935.00
HENRY M. STANLEY
The Welsh explorer who traversed much of Africa and government official signed this page
Document Signed: "Henry M. Stanley", 1 page, 7½x9½. Parliament, July 15, 1897. "Post Office of the United Kingdom/Acknowledgment of Receipt" in English and French. Stanley has written the name and address of the sender of a "Registered Article" mailed to him on July 1, 1897: "William J Dorset/722 4th St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin/USA". 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. Fragile, creased and worn. Folds. Nicked, torn edges, particularly at the start of the folds. Torn file holes at left. Notes at upper margin (unknown hand).
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