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McCLINTOCK, Sir (Francis) Leopold (1819-1907). Naval officer and Arctic explorer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Mr J. Hesses of Dundalk, 1 page 8vo (piece missing from upper left hand corner, not affecting the text), Stephenstown, Dundalk, 2 February 1860. Declining to lecture to 'my fellow townsmen of Dundalk'.

'Since my return from abroad I have invariably declined to lecture before public bodies ...'

McClintock had first sailed to the Arctic in 1848 on the Enterprise under Sir James Clark Ross, and two years later on a similar expedition in the Assistance. In 1852 he had command of the Intrepid on the expedition commanded by Sir Edward Belcher. He established himself as a skilled sledger, undertaking several long sledging journeys and making improvements in the technique. He is best remembered for his command of the Fox on the voyage to ascertain the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew. On his return he published his account in The Voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas: a narrative of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions (1859).
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