Such brave men.
TO VICE-ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE LE CLEARC EGERTON. K.C.B.
MY DEAR SIR GEORGE,
I fear we have shot our bolt–but we have been to Pole and done the
longest journey on record.
I hope these letters may find their destination some day.
Subsidiary reasons of our failure to return are due to the sickness of
different members of the party, but the real thing that has stopped
us is the awful weather and unexpected cold towards the end of the
This traverse of the Barrier has been quite three times as severe as
any experience we had on the summit.
There is no accounting for it, but the result has thrown out my
calculations, and here we are little more than 100 miles from the
base and petering out.
Good-bye. Please see my widow is looked after as far as Admiralty
My kindest regards to Lady…
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