REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/28/1931 - HFSID 52494
Sale Price $337.50
Typed letter signed in 1931, with a handwritten addition by him, testily disputing money matters with the Pond lecture bureau
Typed Lecture signed: "R E Byrd", 1 page, 8x10. Boston, Massachusetts, 1931 May 28. On personal letterhead to C. B> Pettes, The Pond Bureau, New York, N.Y. In full: "Mr. Bernrieder has just shown me your letter of May 26, with regard to deposit made by Miss Mary E. Clarke, of Lexington, Ky. I do not wish to defer this matter until Mr. Pond returns. I shall appreciate it greatly if you will either send it to her direct or to me here. I do not propose to pay the Pond Bureau anything for this lecture. If the Bureau insists that I pay it I will consider it extremely unfair. My record for keeping engagements while lecturing under the Pond Bureau is [his handwritten addition: a good one. Not a lecture cancelled for three lecture seasons except this one - and Pond wants me to pay for it!] This money belongs to this lady and I insist that it be refunded to her promptly. I have promised this to her, and I will ask that you help me keep my promise. Since the money is hers I do not propose to send it myself. I have made good the rest of the account, which is enough of a burden upon me. With kindest regards, Sincerely yours". Byrd (1888-1957, born in Winchester, Virginia) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base and became the first man to fly over both the North and South Poles. Subsequent expeditions were made between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. Byrd 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". His brother was the powerful US Senator from Virginia, Harry Byrd. 2 horizontal fold creases. Tab hole on upper left edge with flap folded open. Otherwise fine condition.
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