Greely Relief Expedition Reception of Lieut. A.W. Greely, U.S.A., and His Comrades, and the Arctic Relief Expedition, at Portsmouth, NH, on August 1, 1884. Account prepared at the request of the Navy Department.

McGinley, William A, Rev.

Published by Washington, DC: Government Printing Office,, 1884
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1884, First Printing. sm8vo - 19.7cm. 58pp. Original printed light gray-green wrappers. Wrappers slightly aged with small chips at extremities; owner's name in graphite at top of front cover, a very clean, complete copy, tightly bound, no foxing or folds. A Near Fine copy of a Rare publication. Not in Arctic Bibliography; Fitzgerald 423. A rare account of the return of the Greely Arctic Expedition, the living and the dead, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on August 1, 1884 and of the municipal reception held on August 4. After having been detained in St. Johns, Newfoundland, the Greely relief ships, "Thetis", "Bear" and "Alert", under Commander Schley and Coffin, and Lieut. Emory, pulled into Portsmouth harbor on August 1st under the escort of the "Alliance" and other vessels of the North Atlantic Squadron. Thousands of people lined the shores, and the harbor was filled with ships, boats and everything that could float. Greely, Brainard, Biederbick, Fredericks, Long and Connell, the six survivors, were on board the "Thetis". Greely was soon joined by his wife, and later by the Secretary of the Navy William Chandler, and General Hazen of the Army Signal Corps. On August 4, there was a parade of Army and Navy officers, naval cadets, marines, police, politicians, and bands. In the evening a great reception was held at the Portsmouth Music Hall. The list of speakers included the Rev. William McGinley, Navy Secretary Chandler, Greely's brother-in-law O.A. Nesmith, General Hazen, Commander W.S. Schley, Lieut. W.H. Emory, and ex-Secretary of the Navy Robeson. Their opinions of Greely's expedition and of the relief efforts made, good and bad, are recorded in this 58-page pamphlet, which ends with a report of the disposition of the bodies of the dead explorers. Just days later rumors arose that Greely's men had resorted to cannibalism which sparked a debate and led to General Hazen's court martial. Bookseller Inventory # NSTX.715

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Title: Greely Relief Expedition Reception of Lieut....

Publisher: Washington, DC: Government Printing Office,

Publication Date: 1884

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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