EDWARD RATCLIFFE GARTH RUSSELL EVANS, Lord Mountevans (1881-1957)
Autograph letter signed to Captain Colbeck, Terra Nova, Lyttelton, 10 November 12, acknowledging his letter and advice, and outlining his new route [to pick up Captain Scott and his companions]; 'I have fixed the date for sailing on Dec. 14th. We shall work to the SE, sounding a dredging line if possible ...' , and on reaching the meridian of 170° West, turn our course due South continuing the work as far as possible towards the Barrier, hence to Cape Evans'; with further details, saying that even Pennell 'who is a wonderful fellow' is satisfied, referring to the hospitality of the New Zealanders and with a warm salutation, wishing him 'a Happy Xmas (at home! not at sea)', 4 pages, 8vo.
Written while preparing to take the Terra Nova South from New Zealand to bring back Scott and his three companions, and unaware that they had died eight months earlier. Lieutenant Evans had accompanied Scott out in 1911, and commanded the last support group which Scott sent back to the ship on 4 January 1912, when only 171 miles from the Pole. He returned briefly to England during 1912, and raised further funds for the expedition, before returning to New Zealand to take command of the Terra Nova, which reached Cape Evans on 17 January 1913. Atkinson had discovered the tent with the bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers on 12 November.
Evans's correspondent, Captain William Colbeck (1871-1930) had been commander of the Morning, the relief ship which reached the Discovery in 1903. Evans, then his Second Officer, greatly admired Colbeck's seamanship, and credited him with the success of the relief expedition.