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- Two autograph letters signed, to Edgar Speyer
- ink on paper
the first advising him of planned "incompetent and ignorant" Admiralty interference in the Discovery expedition and asking for "about £4000" to avoid this and pay for the despatch of the relief ship and other expenses, with an accompanying summary breakdown of costs, the second PROVIDING A PERSONAL TESTIMONIAL FOR ERNEST SHACKLETON ("...accompanied Captain Scott on his memorable journeys to the south, and, having broken a blood vessel owing to his exertions ... had to be invalided out..."), 9 pages, 8vo, London and Hampshire, 20 June to 20 October 1903, some later pencil annotations by Lady Speyer, some dust staining; together with a later letter and telegram by Richard Byrd to Lady Speyer concerning Captain Scott's last letter to Speyer, 1934-38
The philanthropist Edgar Speyer (see next lot) was an important supporter of British polar exploration. He provided the funds requested by Markham in 1903 - Scott named one of his discoveries Mount Speyer as a mark of gratitude. He also supported Scott's 1910 expedition and was the recipient of one of Scott's final letters (which was sold in 2012 for £135,000).