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Scott's Farewell Letter Fetches £163,250 At Auction

02 April 2012

A moving farewell letter written by polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott in the last few days of his life has been sold at auction for £163,250.

It was discovered on his body in November 1912, eight months after it was written during his attempt to conquer the South Pole.


Despite having learned of his Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen beating him to the world's most southern point, Scott wrote of his team's courageous efforts and how they would "die like gentlemen".

The adventurer also expressed his concern for the loved ones of those who would perish on the expedition.

Scott wrote: "I fear we must go and that it leaves the Expedition in a bad muddle - But we have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen - I regret only for the women we leave behind."

He continued: "If this diary is found it will show how we stuck by our dying companions and fought this thing out to the end.

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"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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