REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/22/1927 - HFSID 288165
RICHARD E. BYRD
Writing to the head of his lecture bureau, he seeks reimbursement for an unforeseen expense. The intrepid explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic has missed another train.
Typed Letter signed: "Byrd", 1 page, 8½x11. Akron, Ohio, 1927 February 2. To James B. Pond, New York, N.Y. In full: "I am enclosing a letter from Miss Virgie E. Leggett of Norfolk, together with a copy of my reply. Will you please take whatever action is advisable? We had a most remarkable demonstration at the Isaac Walton League affair last night and, altho I urged them in the strongest terms to get me away from the dinner in time for the train, they did not start the lecture until nine o'clock and it was impossible for me to finish the lecture before 10:15 and consequently I missed the train. That was not my fault and I am sure you will refund me the amount of the ticket which was $12.28 to Cleveland and $.85 from Cleveland to Akron, making a total of $13.13. The berth was $3.75. You will be able to collect the amount of this ticket as I got a receipt from the New York Central Railroad Company which I have attached to the ticket you bought me. I may have lost my ticket going from New York but it absolutely was not my fault when I was late this time. With best wishes. Sincerely yours". Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett had claimed the first over-flight of the North Pole in 1926, but modern aviation historians are skeptical that they reached the Pole. When he signed this letter, Byrd was hoping to make the first successful non-stop flight over the Atlantic. However, a crash during a practice take-off in early May (and serious injury to his co-pilot) delayed the flight until June 29, nearly 6 weeks after Charles Lindbergh had achieved this goal, taking off from the same Roosevelt Field. Byrd made subsequent Antarctic expeditions between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. He detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". Richard Byrd was the brother of Virginia Governor and Senator Harry F. Byrd. Toned and creased. Multiple filing holes at top and left edges. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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