25 September 2002
ROBERT FALCON SCOTT (1868-1912)
Autograph letter signed ('Con') to his mother, 'At Sea', 1 August , 'We arrive at Portsmouth tonight I hope, having had a very good passage', expressing concern about the arrival of her trunk and the consequent inconvenience, and referring to 'a matter which you have taken in hand', subscribed 'Yours ever', the phrase 'With love' an interlinear addition, on paper with printed heading of Discovery Antarctic Expedition, 1½ pages, 8vo, on a bifolium.
Scott was known as 'Con' by his family, from his middle name 'Falcon', taken from his godparents' surname. Scott's mother Hannah (née Cuming) came from a naval family: the explorer continued to live with her until his marriage. The letter was written en route between London, where the Discovery had been loaded, and the Solent, from which the expedition was to take its formal departure on 6 August.
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