Collinson, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/355/1-2;D Letters (2) to the Admiralty, 23 December 1850 to 23 February 1851 [Report from HMS Enterprise] copy
  • MS 248/356;D Letter to John Barrow, 26 February 1851 [Regarding co-operation with Russian authorities in search for Franklin] copy
  • MS 248/357/1-4;D Letters (4) to Sophia Cracroft, 1857 to 1878 [Regarding reward to be offered to whalers, J E Nourse's Charles Francis Hall] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/358/1-5;D Letters (5) to Jane, Lady Franklin, 1856 to 1860 [Reference to la Roquette, meeting in Newcastle to support final Franklin search expedition, tribute to Franklin's expedition] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 889;D Letter to Henry Kellett, undated [Personal news] holograph
  • MS 248/359;D Letter (extracts) to Rochfort Maguire, 24 November 1856 [Advice on final Franklin search expedition] copy
  • MS 248/360;D Authority (copy) to William Parker Snow to receive contributions towards Lady Franklin's final search fund, 8 July 1857, copy

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the search for Sir John Franklin and the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848, Arctic exploration and explorers and personal news




Many of these letters are copies of the originals made by Jane, Lady Franklin and her companion Sophia Cracroft

Related Material

The Institute holds numerous archival collections containing material relating to the search expeditions mounted to uncover the fate of Franklin and his men.