Mr. Uhl to Mr. Risley.

No. 62.]

Sir: I inclose for your information a copy of a letter dated the 18th instant, from Mrs. Josephine D. Peary, wife of Civil Engineer R. E. Peary, U. S. N., asking the Department to obtain permission for a scientific expedition to visit Greenland in July next to carry on explorations, and to aid Mr. Peary in returning to the United States with his party.

You are instructed to bring Mrs. Peary’s application to the attention of the Danish Government, and to request that the usual permission may be granted to the expedition in question. Any further particulars in regard to the subject which Mrs. Peary may be able to furnish will be promptly sent to you for communication to the Danish Government.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary
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[Inclosure 1 in No. 62.]

Mrs. Peary to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: I beg to inform you that a scientific expedition will start some time in the early part of July next for Whale Sound, North Greenland, to carry on explorations and investigations and to aid my husband, [Page 208]Civil Engineer R. E. Peary, U. S. S., to return with his party to the United States.

I respectfully request that you obtain for me from the Danish Government the usual permission for the ship to touch at the ports in Danish Greenland, to enable the scientists to land and carry on their investigations.

Very respectfully,

Josephine D. Peary
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[Inclosure 2 in No. 62.]

Mr. Uhl to Mrs. Peary.

Madam: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant, asking this Department to obtain permission from Denmark for a vessel which is to sail from this country for Greenland in July next to touch at certain ports there in order that the scientists on board the vessel may land to carry on their explorations and to aid Civil Engineer R. E. Peary in returning to the United States.

In reply I have to inform you that there is substantially no commerce between Denmark and Greenland. The communication consists only of casual vessels which are dispatched from Copenhagen two or three times a year at irregular intervals. The Danish Government last year officially called the attention of this Department to a Royal decree which prohibits foreigners from landing at any of the ports of Greenland without first obtaining permission to do so at Copenhagen.

In view of the foregoing circumstances, it is highly important that the Department should, as soon as practicable, be furnished with the name of the vessel in which the expedition to which you refer is to sail, and other particulars, in order that the same may be communicated to the Danish Government in ample time to enable it to send instructions to the local authorities of Greenland.

A copy of your letter has been sent to the American minister at Copenhagen with instructions to bring your application to the attention of the Danish Government with the statement that further information in regard to the proposed expedition will be furnished as soon as possible. Owing to the very liberal disposition which the Danish Government has heretofore manifested in aid of scientific explorations in Greenland, the Department is anxious that all the colonial regulations of that Government should be fully and carefully complied with.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary
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