Letter, 19.6.1925, from John B. Chevalier
Object reference: RA 318B32
Sender / Author: John B. Chevalier
Recipient: Roald Amundsen
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[Written in another hand] Godt svar [Good response]
June 19, 1925
27 WEST 44TH STREET
Dear Captain Amundsen:
With all mankind we are overjoyed at your safe return from the Far North; your brave name is on everyone’s lips in New York.
When you left New York I told you that all our hearts would be with you and I have been terribly worried and now we are all so happy.
It was a feat worthy of
the bravest of the ancient Vikings and not only have you added another brilliant page to exploration but your success is a great and practical assistance to the great cause of aviation.
unlimited faith in your courage and resource but we were worried. We thank God for having guarded you in all the great dangers.
The First Reserve Aero Squadron is
very proud that its great Honorary Member has now done so much for aviation in addition to his immortal achievements in exploration. Your hop to the
Far North without a base was every bit as brave as long distance daylight bombing which was one of the roughest games in the War. Heroes and hero worship are not dead in modern
When you left for your steamer that day I wondered if you obtained that novel, “Thelma” by Marie Corelli. If not I will hunt for it when you return to New York. There
is an old fearless Viking in it just like you.
I shall bring up my little son to know that I had the privilege of meeting you.
We all joyfully await your return to New York.
John B. Chevalier