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26 February 2004
STANLEY, Henry Morton. Autograph letter signed ("Henry M Stanley") to Julian Ralph, Whitehall, 25 March 1896. 2 pages, 8vo, some light soiling along folds.
A fine letter, indirectly relating to his In Darkest Africa, one of the best-selling exploration narratives ever published. Stanley writes to the author Julian Ralph, introducing an admirer. Most notably, though, Stanley relates that: "I have lent Mr. Keppel-Hopkins my scrap book about Emin Pasha which contains much that is curious about him. I shall trust to you to see it returned." It was to assist Emin Pasha that Stanley left for Africa in 1886. The German naturalist was in the Sudan, halted by rebellion, and Stanley was entrusted to rescue him by a sympathetic British government. Stanley's mission was criticized, hampered as it was by divided aims and inconsistent purposes, and Pasha himself was not anxious to be rescued by the English. Stanley spent 25 days in camp with him, unable to convince Pasha to leave. Finally Stanley departed.Upon his return to England, bitter controversy arose over the tragedy that befell Pasha's rear guard. Stanley wrote his great book, In Darkest Africa, about this journey (published 1890).
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