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Peary, Robert E. (1856-1920) to Clarence C. Buel

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02475.10 Author/Creator: Peary, Robert E. (1856-1920) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 May 1891 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Indicates that he is planning "an Expedition to determine the northern terminus of Greenland." Reports to Buel, the assistant editor of Century Magazine, that he has been advised to seek an outlet for publishing articles related to the expedition, but had not yet made specific plans.

Background Information: Biography: Rober E. Peary was a naval officer, who after two decades of exploring arctic regions, reached the North Pole on 6 April 1909.

People: Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin)., 1856-1920
Buel, Clarence Clough, 1850-1933

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Polar ExplorationFrontiers and ExplorationJournalismLiterature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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