ABSTRACT

No expedition, in my opinion, ever depended so largely on the heroism and intelligence of its leader as [Lieut. Greely’s]. I am glad that by his own account his expedition is not to be confounded with other expeditions to discover the Pole. It is my official opinion as a geographer that the only expeditions that should be sent out are those for physical observation at fixed points about the Arctic Circle. For this reason Lieutenant Greely’s expedition should be separated from all others. His was a purely scientific expedition, not one of wild discovery.