REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/26/1926 - HFSID 265101
RICHARD E. BYRD. TLS: "R E Byrd Jr", 1p, 8½x11. Boston,
1926 November 26. On Byrd Arctic Expedition letterhead to James B. Pond, The
Pond Bureau, New York, N.Y. In full: "I am enclosing you herewith copy
of a letter from a Mr. W. T. Reid (Sales Manager of Dillon, Read & Co.,
Boston) inviting me to speak before the Unitarian Club here in Boston. I am also
enclosing copy of a letter which Mr. Reid wrote my friend Mr. Porter Adams. I am
rather keen about doing this, and if you have no objections, I shall be glad if
you will write and fix it up with Mr. Reid. As to date - I would suggest
December 20th if that is agreeable to you. I don't think I have any engagement
on that date. Mr. Reid has telephoned me twice about the matter and I have told
him that I would like to do it and that I have referred it to you for your
decision. I am sending this letter by Special because these people are anxious
to put out some kind of circular by next Wednesday if possible. I am also
sending you copy of a letter from Mrs. James A. Bane of Roanoke, Va. I think I
wrote you about this once before. Would you please write these people and let me
know the result. I am also enclosing copy of a telegram from a Mr. Myron M.
Hughel of the Military Order of Foreign Wars at Indianapolis. They want me to be
guest at an Annual Dinner on any date within next sixty or ninety days. I have
written that I would refer the matter to you, but that I am so heavily booked up
I didn't want them to count on me. As a matter of fact, I am not keen about the
matter anyway, and it might be good for you to write them that I am booked up. I
am just leaving here for Carlisle, Pa. Cordially." On May 9, 1926,
Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) and Floyd Bennett made their historic flight over
the North Pole. The flight had been funded in part by business leaders
including Vincent Astor, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Rodman Wanamaker and Edsel
Ford (Byrd named his plane Josephine Ford in honor of Ford's daughter).
After the flight, Byrd was promoted to Commander and there was an outpouring
of public support for his proposed expeditions to Antarctica. The first,
funded by the National Geographic Society as well as private donations, took
place 1928-1930; the second in 1933-1935. In 1929, Byrd established the
"Little America" Antarctic base, and on November 28-29, 1929 he and three others
crossed the South Pole in a 1,600-mile airplane flight. On Byrd's second
Antarctic expedition, he discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford
Mountains. The polar explorer made three additional Antarctic expeditions
through 1956. ¾x¾-inch paper loss at upper left corner. Pencil mark at text.
¼-inch paper separation at right edge of lower horizontal fold. Overall, fine
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