Lady Stanley, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/475/1-2;D Letters (2) to Lady Jane Franklin, 20 November and 3 December 1866 [Conveying Queen Victoria's thanks for photographs of Franklin monument] holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin) was sent to search for a northwest passage beyond Lancaster Sound and Barrow Strait. The expedition ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were last seen heading for Lancaster Sound by two whalers in northern Baffin Bay in late July 1845. After that, the expedition disappeared and Europeans never again saw its members alive. Many searches were conducted for the missing expedition between 1847 and 1859, during the course of which the main facts regarding the route taken and final fate of the expedition were established.



Related Material

Lady Franklin's letter to Lady Augusta regarding the Waterloo Place memorial can be found in the Institute's Lady Jane Franklin collection reference MS 248/205;D.