Quarterly Review Volume 56

Quarterly Review Volume 56

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...appears to have been called in to pronounce an opinion on the above plans. He commences by observing that ' every year seems to bring forward some accession of interest to the great question of the north-west passage, and of the northern configuration of America.' He says ' that there is an open and, at times, a navigable sea passage between the Straits of Davis and Behring there can be no doubt in the mind of any person who has duly weighed the evidence; and it is equally certain that it would be an intolerable disgrace to this country were the flag of any other nation to be borne through it before our own;' that he is satisfied that the mode proposed by Sir John Barrow is the most prudent that could be adopted; that the eastern attempt by Cape Horn, advocated by some, would be highly imprudent, for reasons which he states: but he thinks the Geographical Society should recommend to his Majesty's government a humble and more temporary field of action, more appropriate to the nature of the institution, more easy and economical in its execution, and more certain and rapid in its result; that to fix the proper moment for eflecting the ambitious object of the north-west passage is solely the duty of government, and the resulting credit, both at home and throughout the world, ought to be solely theirs. He therefore recommends the Society to endeavour to prevail with the government to fit out a small expedition this summer for Wager Bay, according to the general plan of Sir John Franklin; and that it should leave England in May. This recommendation, conveyed by a deputation of the Council of the Society, has, we understand, been favourably received by the two departments concerned--the Colonial Ofiice and the...
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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854551
  • 9781236854551