Letters were the way to make sure people at home didn’t worry, and to inform the Admiralty of all your planning and on-going travels. They are however not always as accessible as we would like them to be. This category tries to collect letters and digitalizes others within the allowance of copyright laws.
The letters of James Fitzjames that were edited by William Coningham and published in the Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle in 1852. They were addressed to Elizabeth and William Coningham, and John Barrow Jr.
Written by Lt. Graham Gore and sent to his father (1839) and sister Eliza (1842) while he was in service of the Royal Navy. Originals kept at the National Library Australia and National Museum Australia.
Letters sent between 1848 and 1854 to the Hydrographer of the Navy, Sir Francis Beaufort, about the searches for Sir John Franklin.
The National Archives: BJ 2/11. Part of the collection of the papers and correspondence of James Clark Ross. All written by McClintock, 9 letters are to Ross and 1 is to Horatio Austin (likely enclosed). All letters are about the search for Franklin and McClintock’s employment.
Excerpt of a letter published as part of a larger newspaper article during the initial summer of the Franklin Expedition.
This letter was published as part of a newspaper article after the Baretto Junior transport arrived back in England after assisting the Franklin Expedition.
Written during the Franklin Expedition and published in a newspaper in 1851. The letter might belong to G. H. Hodgson.
Excerpt of a letter from Thomas Blanky of HMS Terror to Esther Blanky during the Franklin Expedition’s first summer. Published in several newspapers to prove that the expedition might still be alive in the early 1850s.
Written during the Ross Expedition and published for private circulation in 1901.
Written as part of the collection above which was edited and published in 1852. Contains a continuing letter started on the 26th.
Written as part of the collection above which was edited and published in 1852. Contains a continuing letter started on the 10th.
Written as part of the collection above which was edited and published in 1852.
Written as part of the collection above, this letter was written aboard the HMS Volage.
Written as part of the collection above, this letter was written aboard the HMS Beagle as it was on her 3rd voyage.