Sabine, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/469/1;D Letter to Sophia Cracroft, 27 October 1856 [Regarding plans to search for Sir John Franklin with Elisha Kane] holograph
  • MS 248/469/2-4;D Letters (2) to Lady Jane Franklin, [1857] and 29 October 1859 [Regarding relics from Sir John Franklin's missing expedition] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1226/27/1-3;D Letters (3) to Sir James Clark Ross, 1858 [Regarding paper on magnetic observations at Port Leopold] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1021/5/1-3;D Letters (3) to James Smith, 1826 to 1830 [Regarding Captain Douglas Clavering] 12 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1243/1-4;MJ Correspondence held at Public Record Office

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence mentions Douglas Clavering with whom Sabine sailed on the British Naval Scientific Expedition, 1823 and the search for Sir John Franklin and the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848. There are also 4 microfilms of correspondence by Sabine covering material held by the Public Record Office.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Alternative Form Available

MS 1243/1-4;MJ are copies

Related Material

Letters by Sir Edward Sabine can also be found amongst the Richardson-Voss collection held by the Institute

  • MS 1503/26/2;RV SABINE Letter to John Richardson, 9 February 1843 [Regarding Dease and Simpson's narrative, has undertaken to edit Simpson's narrative, Richardson to revise proofs]
  • MS 1503/41/4;RV SABINE Letter to John Richardson, 15 February 1850 [Congratulations on return]
  • MS 1503/41/5;RV SABIBE Letter, 17 February 1850 [Comparing results of temperature, reference to experiment in which results are to be compared]

Location of Originals

MS 1243/1-4;MJ The National Archives