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Wednesday Oct 24 1860 The Morning cold - & fine! Orders are issued-[[strikethrough]] to [[/strikethrough]] Smith & his crew to [[strikethrough]] the [[/strikethrough]] take ^[[the]] letters over to Parker & to get ^[[strikethrough]] a bar [[/strikethrough]] a barrel of split-peas if he has them to spare. Capt. Budington anticipates that, [[strikethrough]] [[the?]] [[/strikethrough]] as the weather is so unfavorable for Whaling, Capt P. will: "up anchor & away to Eng. The cold weather & strong winds we are now experiencing are in advance of their proper or ^[[rather]] [[underlined]] expected [[/underlined]] times. Smith started out at VII. By him I sent a letter to Capt. Parker, stating that my letters were under way & would be ready by Saturday, but that if he should conclude to depart ere the time contemplated, (to wit next Monday) I would [[strikethrough]] hava [[/strikethrough]] send said letters by his Son, & also would make my due acknowledgements ^[[in writing him (Capt. P. Sr)]] for his generosity in contributing one of his boats toward replacing ^[[the]] [[strikethrough]] [[?]] [[/strikethrough]] loss of mine. IX O'Clock. It is announced "The English Boats are Coming!' I hope Captain Parker is in them. (Little Later) Three Boats along side, all, ^[[containing]] English Whaling crews, athletic, warm-hearted looking men! The 1st Officer of Capt. Parker, heads one. I find that they will stop 1/2 hour or so & I will use it in writing Capt. Parker, more at length, as I find he intends to leave [[strikethrough]] ame [[/strikethrough]] soon - [[strikethrough]] his come [[/strikethrough]] probably to-morrow- perhaps not till Saturday. While Capt. B. is entertaining the Company by conversation Coffee & Smoking materials, I pen[[strikethrough]] ned [[/strikethrough]] the following hasty letter: - [[left margin boxed]] October 24th 1860 [[/left margin boxed]] On Board "George Henry [[right margin boxed]] Frigid Zone} Rescue Harbor} Lat. 62[[degree symbol]]-51.-05" Long 65-05-00 [[right margin boxed]] Capt. John Parker of Barque "Truelove" of Hull, England Fearing [[strikethrough]] that we [[/strikethrough]] I may not have the pleasureable opportunity of again meeting you ere your departure, as I contemplated when I visited you on Thursday week, I embrace [[strikethrough]] d [[/strikethrough]] the present moment of expressing to you profound thanks, not my own only, but in behalf of many of my distinguished countrymen, whose aid, co-operation & sympathy I have in the Mission in which I am engaged, for the generous & noble act of yours of contributing one of your excellent Boats toward replacing the expedition Boat I had the misfortune to get wrecked in this Bay during the terrible storm which swept over these Northern Coasts on the 26th, 27th & 28th Sept. last. I thank God that I have lived to meet the noble souls I have, while pursuing the Work to wh. my life is now devoted: Humanity, Geography & Science. Not one hour after the destruction of my expedition Boat before Capt. Sidney V. Budington unhesitatingly offered one of his boats toward re-newing my arrangements to still prosecute my voyage to King Williams Land-, & now as soon as you learn my affliction, you generously proffer one of yours, which I thankfully accept. On the middle of July next, I commence a Boat Voyage to King Williams Land. The expedition will consist of two Boats, mostly manned by Esquimaux.
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