Ernest Shackleton Handwritten Personal Letter
For Sale: £3,500.00
Ernest Shackleton, CVO, OBE (1874-1922) was an Antarctic explorer who
came within 97.5 nautical miles of reaching the South Pole on his
In 1920, Shackleton acquired funds from his former school-friend,
John Quiller Rowett, to travel to the Antarctic on his
final "oceanographic and sub-Antarctic expedition".
This letter, which features some expected folding, is a handwritten
note from Shackleton to his wife Emily Shackleton nee Dorman, dated 26
March 1921. The letter reads:
"Darling Sweeteyes, I was sorry the line was bad this morning
and I was anxious about the lectures. I could not hear a word from
Rowetts house and they told me afterwards that the exchange is the worst
in the kingdom. I had a bad night continually on the run all due to the
cider, but am all right now. If there is any news will let you know at
once. I have a comfortable cabin but I am afraid that the Aquitania
spoils one for any other ship. It was a wee peaceful time at home
yesterday and I enjoyed it so. There is really no news darling. I hope
to be back soon, indeed I must be if I am to get ready in time. I hope
all goes well with you and the children. I enclose the passenger list.
No one interesting. I want a rest. Your loving, Micky".
It is thought that the signature "Micky" is a reference to Shackelton's Irish origin.
Nine months later, upon arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Shackleton
suffered a suspected heart attack but declined a proper medical
examination. That night, Shackleton summoned the on-board doctor to his
cabin, complaining of back pains. A few moments later, at 2:50am on 5
January 1922, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
A rare and fine historical item.
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Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: PT206