Lot 369: ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, June 8, 1865. Letter to Peter Le Neve Foster, secretary to the Society of Arts. In part: "Can you favour me with any papers which give an idea of the examinations which are under gone by candidates for the ciivl service in India. Neither of my boys are fit as yet for it but I would like to shew them what is expected. One of them got prizes for Geography German French & Latin yesterday and seems likely to go on in these studies—another got a prize for drawing—I wish to set them to aim high." Show-through and mirroring to ink, otherwise fine condition. At the time of this letter, Livingstone was between expeditions tending to his bedridden mother in England; she would pass away later the same month. Upon her death, he began preparations for what would become his final expedition, returning to Africa six months later with a renewed determination to identify the source of the Nile. An interesting personal letter from the explorer's brief respite at home.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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