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    Outstanding Richard Byrd Expedition Archive of Eight 1932 Typed Letters Signed. All were written to Thomas B. Mulroy, Byrd's friend and chief engineer regarding plans for the second Antarctic Expedition. Each letter is 8.5" x 11", one page (unless noted), on plain paper, and written from Boston. Brief excerpts follow: April 11, 1932 (signed "REB")- "I passed on to Czega what you say about the outboard motors and the Continental Fibre. Much obliged - good work..." April 22, 1932 (signed "R E Byrd")- "I talked to Admiral Moffett over the long distance phone about you this morning..." April 30, 1932 (signed "REB")- "...Remember, Tom, I have not raised a nickel [sic] yet and we have got to keep expenses down..." May 2, 1932 (two pages, signed "Byrd")- "...There is a chance, Tom, for you to show great initiative and executive ability. You will have to act fast. Of course, I am depending a lot on you. Better keep in close touch with me. Go to it!" May 17, 1932 (signed "REB")- Congratulations on being promoted to Lieut. Commander in the Naval Reserve of New Jersey. Fine work..." May 31, 1932 (signed "REB")- "Tidewater has agreed to pay you $75.00 a month until the ship leaves. They have no objection to your keeping on with your job with the State, only they of course expect you to help some with the Expedition..." June 11, 1932 (signed "REB")- "...We must depend upon you for a great many articles. I believe you will be able to succeed. Please go to it as hard as you can..." June 17, 1932 (signed "REB")- "Will you come up here as soon as convenient to talk over matters connected with securing material for the expedition..." Many letters have notations in Byrd's hand and the condition is generally very fine (one has a round cup stain). An excellent look at the inner workings of getting an expedition this ambitious underway.

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