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Wallet

AAA2114
Polar Equipment and Relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2114
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A leather wallet containing newspaper clippings and notes. It was found with a skeleton presumed to be Henry Peter Peglar (1811-48), of HMS 'Terror', at Cape Hershel on 25 May 1859, by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The skeleton is more likely to be that of Peglar's friend, Thomas Armitage, Gun Room Steward, HMS 'Terror'. The papers in the wallet are: 1) Henry Peglar's seaman's certificate giving details of his naval service, now illegible. 2) A hand-written narrative of Peglar's services at sea running round the sides of the paper in a square. 3) Parody of 'The Sea' by Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874) in Peglar's writing dated 21 April 1847. 4) An address on a small piece of paper: Mr John Cowper, No 47 John St., Commercial Road, London. Paid.' 5) Slip of paper with the words 'Sentimental Song' written on it. 6/7) Two sheets of paper with a narrative written backwards, part of it relating to the capture of a turtle. 8) 'Lines writ...party wot happened at Trinadad'. 9) Lines begining 'O death whare is thy sting'. 10) Narrative of an incident in Cumana, Venezuela. 11/12) Two pieces of paper, each with an address.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials paper; leather
Measurements 155 x 175 mm
Parts
  • Wallet (AAA2114)
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