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PARRY, Sir William Edward (1790-1855). Arctic explorer.
Autograph Letter Signed identified by a pencilled note as to the Rev Mr Sherer, 2½ pages 8vo (a little foxed on the first page), Stamford Hill, 23 October 1823. Written immediately after Parry's return from his Arctic expedition of 1821-1823, praising the conduct of Sherer's son [Joseph], who had been one of the four midshipmen on the expedition, serving on the the Hecla.
'... I now take the earliest opportunity of assuring you how much gratification I feel in being enabled conscientiously to state to yourself and Mrs Sherer, that the conduct of your son has been such as to secure to him the esteem & regard of Captain Lyon, myself and all about him. ...'
Parry had been appointed to command the Fury in December 1820, and in May 1821 sailed from the Nore in company with her sister ship the Hecla, commanded by George Francis Lyon. Passing through Hudson Strait and Foxe Channel on this his longest voyage, he examined Repulse Bay, proved the accuracy of the observations made by Christopher Middleton, passed one winter at Winter Island and another at Igloolik (enlivened by the presence of the local Inuit), and traced Fury and Hecla Strait to its western end. Through the summers of 1822 and 1823 this strait was blocked by ice, and, as symptoms of scurvy were beginning to appear, Parry judged it inadvisable to attempt a third winter in the ice. The ships returned to Britain and were paid off at Deptford on 14 November 1823. [Oxford DNB]
[No: 22471]


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