WILSON (ORIANA) Autograph letter signed ("yours gratefully Oriana Wilson"), to F.J. Hooper, writing to "thank you for the part you took in the finding of the tent with the three bodies in it - I am more grateful to you than I can say for that journey...", acknowledging Hooper's friendship to Edward Wilson "I know on the ship ...how well you looked after him - I shall always be grateful to you for all that you did for him in life", hoping that they may have a minute to meet before her departure from New Zealand on 6 March, and wishing "you will always count me as a friend in the place of Dr. Wilson..."
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WILSON (ORIANA) Autograph letter signed ("yours gratefully Oriana Wilson"), to F.J. Hooper, writing to "thank you for the part you took in the finding of the tent with the three bodies in it - I am more grateful to you than I can say for that journey...", acknowledging Hooper's friendship to Edward Wilson "I know on the ship ...how well you looked after him - I shall always be grateful to you for all that you did for him in life", hoping that they may have a minute to meet before her departure from New Zealand on 6 March, and wishing "you will always count me as a friend in the place of Dr. Wilson..."
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WILSON (ORIANA)
Autograph letter signed ("yours gratefully Oriana Wilson"), to F.J. Hooper, writing to "thank you for the part you took in the finding of the tent with the three bodies in it - I am more grateful to you than I can say for that journey...", acknowledging Hooper's friendship to Edward Wilson "I know on the ship ...how well you looked after him - I shall always be grateful to you for all that you did for him in life", hoping that they may have a minute to meet before her departure from New Zealand on 6 March, and wishing "you will always count me as a friend in the place of Dr. Wilson...", in envelope ("Mr. F. Hooper, R.N., SS "Terra Nova" R.Y.S., Lyttleton", stamped "Lyttleton, 25 Feb. 13"), 8vo, 1 Park Terrace, 23 February, 1913

Footnotes

  • "THE TENT WITH THE THREE BODIES IN IT". A heartfelt letter from Edward Wilson's widow Oriana, who had travelled to New Zealand to meet the polar party only to discovery he had died with Scott and Bowers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912. Hooper was a member of the party which found the bodies eight months later.

    Provenance: Frederick.J. Hooper (1891-1955), steward and member of the Shore Party; by descent.
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