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Royal Canoe Club founder recalls 1825 sea rescue

Royal Canoe Club founder recalls 1825 sea rescue by MACGREGOR, John (1875)
Author: MACGREGOR, John
Title: ALS from the British Royal Canoe Club founder
Year: 1875
Publisher: Unpublished letter
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
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A lively four page letter from the pioneering canoeist and writer John Macgregor to 'Reed' apparently on Royal Canoe Club business. (Macgregor had founded the British Royal Canoe Club a few years earlier and popularised the use of the 'Rob Roy' canoe.) Writing on Athenaeum Club paper, Macgregor discusses a series of meetings he is planning in London including one at The Mansion House 'about what we get from the Admiralty' and mentioning an 'excellent' swimming meeting in numbers tone and other things - we decided to call on the London Schools Swimming Club and to admit Teachers from all Pub. El[ementar]y. Schools'. After signing the letter, Macgregor finishes with a postscript looking back half a century: 'This day 50 years ago I was rescued from the burning Kent.' (Edwin Hodder describes this dramatic rescue from a stricken East India vessel in the Bay of Biscay in 1825 in his biography of Macgregor.) Accompanying the letter is an annotated flier for one of Macgregor's highly popular lectures based on his Rob Roy's Cruise.
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