The Last Letters by Heather Lane, Naomi Boneham and Robert D Smith (Editors)
In the final days of March 1912, Captain Robert Scott, Dr Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers were stranded by a fierce blizzard in their tent just 18km (11 miles) from safety. Knowing that they would not survive, they each wrote letters to their families and friends saying a last farewell. When the search party found the tent in November 1912, their letters were duly discovered and duly delivered.
The letters all tell of the courage and fortitude of the three men but none are more telling and poignant than that Scott addressed to his wife, Kathleen. He had started the letter some days before, when he knew that the situation was bad but not yet fatal. However, once he realised that the situation was desperate, the tone changes to one of great courage and fortitude - there can be few letters in existence that convey so much. Scott wrote the words, To My Widow, at its head.
Over the years many of the letters have made their way into the archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute. Thus reunited, together with others that have disappeared or are still in private hands, they are published here in full for the first time.
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