Lady Franklin

  1. United States. President (1849-1850: Taylor). Message from the President of the United States, transmitting copies of a correspondence with the lady of Sir John Franklin, relative to the expedition of Sir John Franklin. Washington: Printed for the Ho. of Reps., 1850. (pg. 1) [Stefansson G662 .U64 1850]

This document contains a message from the President of the United States, President Zachary Taylor, to the Senate and the House of Representatives, written January 22, 1850. It also includes the correspondence between Lady Franklin and the United States government written throughout the year 1849, which led President Taylor to write this message to Congress. President Taylor explains how he has desperately wanted to help Lady Franklin since receiving her first letter nine months ago but was prevented from doing so for a myriad of reasons. Now that Congress is back in session, he asks for their approval to send out an expedition in search for the lost ships.

  1. Franklin, Jane. Arctic expeditions: copy of letter addressed by Lady Franklin to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. [London]: House of Commons, 1854. (pg. 1) [Stefansson G662 .F726 1854]

Lady Franklin’s letter to the British government pleads to continue the search for her husband, Sir John Franklin, who was lost in his expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. In her letter to the Commissioners of Admiralty, she not only expresses her deep devotion to her husband but attempts to reignite the desire to explore the Arctic. Lady Franklin reminds those in power of the important discoveries her husband has made and offers possible routes that he may have taken. Lady Franklin’s determination and out-spoken nature through letters to the government, newspaper article, and her own expeditions helped to rouse public sympathy for Sir Franklin and his crew.