Last letter of Captain Scott finally revealed in full - 101 years on

Posted: Mar 29, 2013 07:52 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) "I want to tell you that I was not too old for this job. It was the younger men that went under first," wrote Robert Falcon Scott 101 years ago in one of his last letters before he perished on his return journey from the South Pole.

A letter written by the dying Captain Scott, one of only two remaining in private hands, can be revealed in full for the first time after being acquired by the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, reported the SPRI.

"Written by Scott from his final Antarctic camp at the very end of his life in March 1912, the letter to Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman speaks poignantly of Scott’s anxiety for his family and his hope that he and companions have set a good example. The acquisition of this letter is of considerable importance for the United Kingdom’s polar heritage."

"It is being revealed to the public 101 years to the day since Captain Scott’s final diary entry (March 29, 1912)."

Text of the letter to Sir Francis Bridgeman

My Dear Sir Francis
I fear we have shipped up – a close shave. I am writing a few letters which I hope will be delivered some day. I want to thank you for the friendship you gave me of late years, and to tell you how extraordinarily pleasant I found it to serve under you. I want to tell you that I was not too old for this job. It was the younger men that went under first. Finally I want you to secure a competence for my widow and boy. I leave them very ill provided for, but feel that the country ought not to neglect them. After all we are setting a good example to our countrymen, if not by getting into a tight place, by facing it like men when we were there. We could have come through had we neglected the sick.

Good-bye and good-bye to dear Lady Bridgeman

Yours ever

R. Scott

Excuse writing – it is -40, and has been for nigh a month


South Pole 100 years ago: The World learns about Scott's fate.

South Pole anniversary 100 years ago: Three bodies in a snowed-up tent.

South Pole anniversary final: March 29, 1912.


Captain Scott writing in his Antarctic hut, before the expedition that cost him his life.
courtesy Scott Polar Research Institute, SOURCE

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