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illustrated.1855 Excerpt: ... leled, &c.; and the interest
excited on that occasion had, as in all such cases, died away.
Meanwhile, pains were taken by certain individuals belonging to the
Royal Society, to throw some doubt on part of my narrative, while
others were jealous of the honours that had been bestowed on me.
The nation was at peace with all the world, and on the 12th
December, 1844, another attempt for the discovery of the north-west
passage was proposed by the Council of the Royal Society, and
sanctioned in due time by the Admiralty. It was reported that my
nephew, Sir James Clark Ross, was to have the command, but if that
was the case, he declined it, when a volunteer was soon iound in
the gallant franklin, then fifty-eight years of age, and two ships,
the Erebus and Terror, that had returned from the Antarctic
expedition, were selected, and were nearly ready for sea when I
returned from Stockholm, in February, 1845. I have now to show that
Franklin laboured under great disadvantages; in the first place,
his ships were too large, the addition of steammachinery, in such a
class of vessel, took up much of her stowage, and brought the ships
deeper in their draught of water; but worst of all, they were
supplied with Goldner's canisters of meat, which were (as
subsequently proved to be) putrid and unfit for human food. It was
not long before I had communication with my old and valued friend,
when I informed him that the winter of 1844-5 had been very severe,
that I came from Helsingborg to Elsinore in a carriage with four
horses, that when I passed Hamburg they were roasting an ox on' the
Elbe, and that I had to come by Rotterdam to get to England, and
that consequently he could not expect to get farther this season
than Cornwallis Island. At a subsequent meeting he told me, tha...
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