Letter from James Fenimore Cooper to John Bowring

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April 20 1828 J F Cooper

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My dear Sir I have hopes of beating Perry and of reaching the North Pole. A day or two after I had the pleasure of seeing you, I went in quest of Bentham's house. I had seen it once and flattered myself into being able to find you. I got the first cruise down with high expectations. The next time I passed the Strait and got into the Polar sea but could not reach the Pole. But the third and last time I fairly [rapped ?] at Mr Bentham's own and found nobody, a future that will be very likely to distress poor Parry that his zeal and perseverance equal mine. In plain English - I made two efforts to see you before I got fairly into Bentham's Gulp, and when I arrived you were in the country. Shall I not have the pleasure of seeing you, again, before you quit England? Yours very truly J. Fenimore Cooper

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