Envelope (1)


“British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16, Rare incoming envelope from the U.S.A. addressed to “J.F.K. Dobbs/S.S. “Endurance”/Imperial Antarctic Expedition/Buenos Ayres”, the only stop before South Georgia but arriving too late with ms. note “no está aqui” (not here) on reverse, returned to London ”c/o F. White Esq./Secretary I.T.A.E.”, sent 1914 (July 30) from New York and with enclosed letter including some interesting comments on the forthcoming war “perhaps, when you return you will find England a German colony”. The envelope opened for display and with faults, the adhesive detached but one of only four known addressed to this stopover. Lieutenant F.Dobbs of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers had been chosen by Shackleton to take charge of the dogs on the “Endurance” but the impending outbreak of World War I had caused Dobbs to rejoin his regiment and so to withdraw at the eleventh hour from the expedition.”
— Sale 47, Lot 258, Grosvenor Auctions. Price Realised UNSOLD.

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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