A small archive of correspondence relating to the candidacy of Donald A. Macalister to become a member of the expedition. Robert F. Scott, Capt.
A small archive of correspondence relating to the candidacy of Donald A. Macalister to become a member of the expedition.
A small archive of correspondence relating to the candidacy of Donald A. Macalister to become a member of the expedition.

A small archive of correspondence relating to the candidacy of Donald A. Macalister to become a member of the expedition.

London: 1909-10. 1) One-page autograph letter signed by John Scott Keltie, as Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, to John Y. W. Macalister stating that he is writing "openly on behalf of your son to Scott. I believe he could not do better than take the boy." 8vo, September 25, 1909. 2) One-page typed letter signed from John Y. W. Macalister to his son, Donald A. Macalister, on Royal Society of Medicine stationery, noting "The enclosed is promising, as Keltie cannot fail to speak with considerable weight," 4to, September 27, 1909. 3) One-page typed letter signed by Capt. R. F. Scott to John Y. W. Macalister, on British Antarctic Expedition stationery, asking for support and interest in the expedition: "Feeling that the object of the Expedition is of a patriotic nature which must appeal to your sympathy, I have no hesitation in asking for your substantial support. 4to, October 6, 1909. 4) One-page pro-forma typed letter signed by Lieutenant Edward Evans to Donald A,. Macalister, on British Antarctic Expedition stationery, thanking Macalister on behalf of Captain Scott for applying to the Expedition, and that his request "will be considered with that of other eligible candidates in due course," and with a holograph postscript: "He has received several very good letters about you..." 4to, October 8, 1909. 5) One-page typed letter signed from John Y.W. Macalister to his son, Donald, stating that "Scott is lunching with me tomorrow, and I hope to let you have some definite news immediately afterwards, but it may be that he will not be free to commit himself..." 4to, October 14, 1909. 6) One-page typed letter signed by Scott, on British Antarctic Expedition stationery, with a holograph postscript signed with his initials, to John Y. W. Macalister, enclosing a copy of "Notes on the Scientific Objects of the Expedition" and "six copies of programmes and press extracts." Referring to the "Notes" Scott writes at the end, "These Notes were prepared [and] sent to the President of the Royal Society and are being considered by his Council. R.S." 4to, October 21, 1909. 7) Five-page typescript signed, being "Notes on the Scientific Objects of the Expedition", with three small corrections in the text presumably by Scott, and signed "R. Scott" at the end. Includes objective summaries of magnetism, geology, meteorology, botany, and "other branches of physical science," each under a separate heading. 4to, October 6, 1909 (but enclosed with no. 6, above). 8) One-page typed letter signed by Scott, to Donald Macalister, on British Antarctic Expedition stationery, thanking Macalister for a previous letter, and noting that "the selection for the posts of Geologists have not yet been made. Dr. E. A. Wilson, who will be chief of the scientific staff of the Expedition, is giving his attention to the selection of candidates and is making enquiries for suitable persons..." 4to, January 10, 1910. Perhaps needless to say, Macalister did not make the cut. Nonetheless, an interesting correspondence displaying how the process of selection of members of the expedition worked. Item #43191

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