Beaufort, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/342/1-4;D Letters (4) to Sophia Cracroft, 21 October 1851 to 17 March 1857 [Praise of Lady Franklin, Sophia, William Penny and Sherard Osborn, reference to Bedford Pim's projected Franklin search, reference to appeal to send Resolute to search for Franklin] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/343/1-5;D Letters (5) to Jane, Lady Franklin, 13 November 1849 to 21 January 1857 [Regarding return of James Clark Ross and John Richardson, William Penny's plan and Anderson] 5 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1100/5;D Letter to Jane, Lady Franklin, 21 July 1856 [Regarding memorial to her husband] 4 leaves, (Xerox)
  • MS 1226/3/1-2;D Letters (2) to Lady Ross, 1849 [Regarding her husband's papers on magnetic observations] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1226/4/1-2;D Letters (2) to Sir James Clark Ross, 1851-1857 [Regarding Franklin search expedition of Horatio Austin and tidal observations] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/344/1-2;D Memoranda (2), [1849] [Regarding Franklin search expedition] holograph and copy

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence covers the period after the disappearance of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin) and much of the correspondence deals with the subsequent search expeditions sent to the Arctic which endeavoured to find Franklin, his men or a written record of their fate.



Related Material

The Institute holds letters written by Francis Beaufort in the Back collection and the Richardson-Voss collection

  • MS 395/38/1-3;BL BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letters (3) to George Back, 1838-1852 [Regarding knighthood, Arctic charts and Horatio Austin] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 395/102;BL BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to Francis from unknown source, 13 August 1838 [Regarding map of the Arctic regions] holograph
  • MS 1503/35/52;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to John Richardson, 6 December 1847 [With enclosure from Sir Robert Inglis]
  • MS 1503/38/3;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to John Richardson, 4 January 1848 [Admiralty]
  • MS 1503/46/4;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to John Richardson, 12 February 1853 [Inviting remarks on Dr Kane's letters]
  • MS 1503/22/4;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to John Richardson, 1 May 1840 [Regarding possible knighting Mr Dease, allusion to his work, exploring North America]
  • MS 1503/24/4;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS Letter to John Richardson, 8 October 1842 [Asking if he has received pecuniary assistance in bringing out plates for natural history]
  • MS 1503/28/3;RV BEAUFORT FRANCIS John Franklin's Letter returned Sir Edward Parry, 26 May 1844 [Regarding Franklin as Governor of Tasmania]