The collection comprises of correspondence by Smith regarding the United States Sealing voyage (From New York), 1800-1802 (Leader Edmund Fanning) to South Georgia.
Gilbert Smith collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Gilbert Smith
- Dates of Creation1801
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (Circa 6 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Gilbert Smith was surgeon on the United States sealing voyage (from New York), 1800-1802 (leader Edmund Fanning). The corvette Aspasia sailed from New York on 11 May 1800, visiting Brazil and Tristan da Cunha, before arriving at South Georgia. This was a very profitable sealing voyage, during which circa 57,000 fur seal pelts were secured and taken directly to China.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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