Mr. W. V. Risley to
Copenhagen, May 9, 1895.
(Received May 21.)
Sir: In the absence of the minister, I have the
honor to inclose the original of a dispatch received at this legation
from the Danish ministry of foreign affairs, relative to the proposed
Peary relief expedition to Greenland. I have caused a copy of this
dispatch to be kept on record at this legation.
I have, etc.,
W. V. Risley,
Minister of Foreign
Affairs to Mr. Bisley.
Mr. Minister: I have communicated to my
colleague, the minister of the interior, the desire which you
expressed to me in your note of the 20th of last March, that the
expedition now preparing in the United States to go in search of Mr.
Peary be permitted to enter the Danish [Page 210] ports and settlements in Greenland, and that it
may count upon receiving assistance from the local authorities. I
have just received Mr. Hörring’s answer, to the effect that on the
first occasion the authorities shall receive the necessary
instructions in order that they may lend their full support to this
expedition, so far as the exigencies of the service and the
interests of the natives will permit. As to the extent to which the
authorities will have it in their power to furnish provisions and
other essentials to the expedition, I refer you to the letters which
I had the honor to address to your predecessor under the dates of
March 22, 1892 and 1893.
I will be obliged to you to furnish me as soon as possible with the
names of the vessel and captain, and other details of interest to
the local authorities.
Be pleased to accept, etc.