Faraday, correspondence

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/377;D Letter to John Franklin, 17 May 1826 [Hopes that Franklin will carry out vaporization experiments] holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827 (leader John Franklin) [Second Arctic Land Expedition]. This expedition was to extend exploration of the coast west from Coppermine River to Icy Cape, Alaska. Setting out from Liverpool in February 1825 destined for Cumberland House, the expedition proceeded to Great Bear Lake where they built their winter quarters, Fort Franklin. In June 1826, the expedition descended the Mackenzie River to the head of its delta, where two parties were formed and separated. The western party under Franklin and George Back charted the Arctic coastline as far as Return Islands while the eastern party under John Richardson and Edward Nicholas Kendall explored and mapped the coastline east to the Coppermine River.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 15 Sir George Back, GB 15 Sir John Barrow, GB 15 Eleanor Franklin, GB 15 Sir John Franklin, GB 15 Edward Kendell, GB 15 Robert McVicar and GB 15 Sir John Richardson