Letter from Robert Falcon Scott, 'Discovery', Auckland Island, [New Zealand], to the Presidents of the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society

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                                I write in haste to acknowledge receipt of instructions that awaited me in New Zealand.
On arrival I made an Agreement with a local newspaper, with regard to the information I was prepared to give immediately, and a certain number of photographs.
The proprietors of the 'Lyttelton Times' agreed to pay £400 for a preference in this respect, and further to open an especial account whereby after paying working expenses any surplus made by them beyond the £400 should be paid to the expedition. The Editor informs me that £400 has been realized and that he expects a margin with the £500 placed at my disposal. I shall now therefore command at least £900. We shall not need to buy any but fresh provisions during our stay here; the expenses of repair to the ship I cannot at present estimate, but I anticipate they will not be large and in addition there will only be the coal bill. I cannot say so with certainty, but at present I am of opinion that the above sums will see us clear of New Zealand.
I will keep you informed as to advances made,at present I have advanced £3. 10. 0 to every man on board, excepting Offices, but I shall of course have to draw further sums for this purpose.

Robt. F. Scott
                            
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Author
Robert Falcon Scott
Reference
MS/591/1/10
Series
MS
Date
23-Mar-04
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Letter from Robert Falcon Scott, 'Discovery', Auckland Island, [New Zealand], to the Presidents of the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society, 23-Mar-04. From The Royal Society, MS/591/1/10

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