Lot 18
  • 18

Back, George

400 - 600 GBP
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  • Autograph letter signed, to John Franklin, 1 page, 8vo, Friday, 1827, with integral address, reinforced at fold
  • paper
"I called to tell you that I was at Findens the other day but he had not made much progress - I am anxious for you to dine with me on Tuesday next at the Freemasons Tavern at 7 o'clock to meet Mr J. Backhouse, Baillie and Garry..."

Catalogue Note

Back, a British naval officer first served in the polar regions under John Franklin during the unsuccessful expedition of Captain David Buchanan in 1818. He served again under Franklin on further Arctic explorations in 1819-1822 and 1825-1827 (returning in October of that year).

Edward Francis Finden engraved a portrait of Back, published 1828. Mr J. Backhouse may refer to James Backhouse (1794-1869), missionary and traveller to Australia and South Africa.