- MS 843;D Letter and enclosures to Lord Elgin, 16 November 1848 [Regarding William Kennedy and the Hudson's Bay Co.] 60 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
- MS 811;D Letter to Edward Ellice MP, 23 October 1854 [Recommends Dr John Rae to him and his father as deserving a knighthood] (Xerox)
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir George Simpson/Correspondence
- Dates of Creation1848-1852
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description2 letters plus enclosures
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Administrative / Biographical History
In 1845 Sir John Franklin sailed north in command of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition. Sent by the Admiralty the two ships HMS Erebus (Franklin) and HMS Terror (Francis Crozier) were to search for a passage via Lancaster Sound. With provisions designed to last three years the expedition sailed north in May 1845. Whalers in Baffin Bay were the last Europeans to see the two ships in July of 1845.
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 the final fate of the expedition were established.
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Location of Originals
MS 811;D National Library of Scotland, MS 843;D Ontario Department of Public Records and Archives (1982)