Doomed explorer Scott's letters on display

Jan. 10, 2007 at 11:02 PM

CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The sad letters of Capt. Robert Scott, who died in 1912 trying to reach the South Pole, will go on display for the first time at Cambridge University.

Scott's descendants had donated the final messages written to and from Britain's most famous Antarctic explorer, The Telegraph reported. The letters will be on display for the first time beginning Jan. 17 at Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute, some 95 years after Scott and his team reached the South Pole.

Printed in Britain's TimesOnline, one of the letters to his widow, Kathleen Bruce, started off with the prescient sentiment: "Dearest Darling: We are in a very tight corner and I have doubts of pulling through...I shall not have suffered any pain but leave the world fresh from harness and full of good health and vigor...Therefore you must not imagine a great tragedy."

The missive was found in the tent when the bodies of Scott and his colleagues were discovered in 1913, eight months after they died.

The display collection, the Telegraph said, also contained letters sent to Scott by his son, Peter, 3, although they never reached him. One simply said, "I love you."

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