Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Last days work in Sydney

Had another early breakfast to begin our last days work in Sydney. Wrote a letter to Mr. Bridgeman directing him to pay Mother $50 a month until I return. Mrs. Peary is not going to handle that money this time. The Roosevelt came up to the wharf early in the morning and then went over to N. Sydney about ten A.M. The Com. told me he wanted me to remain at the hotel with him until the Captain telephones that he is already to sail. Closed up a few final purchases for the Com. and made a few for myself. Received a book written by local talent from the book store man. Left Sydney on the 3.30 ferry boarded the Roosevelt + got under way. Stuck on the ground at low tide + smashed a whale boat in getting off. A Good Omen for our future adventures. Mrs. Peary + party went out as far as Low Point. Left the dock at 4.35 sailing on a Friday. The Roosevelt is in much better shape and the Expedition is much better fitted out than we were last time, and we had nothing to complain of then. Turning in for my first nights sleep on the Roosevelt.


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