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Lewis Tappan Letter

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 6 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Lewis Tappan (1788-1873) was an American abolitionist. He was the brother of Ohio Senator Benjamin Tappan and abolitionist Arthur Tappan. Sir James Ross (1800-1862) was a British naval officer and explorer.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lewis Tappan Letter consists of a letter from Tappan to C.P. (or G.P.) Williams, requesting information on behalf of Sir James Ross, about the region known as Cape Circoncision. The area is a peninsula on the north-western edge of Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic. The letter asks Williams to survey his ship's captains to see if they have any relevant information on the region for use in Ross' forthcoming book on his South Polar voyage.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

See also the Arthur Tappan Letter for correspondence of his brother.

Subject Headings


Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873.


Antarctic -- Discovery and exploration.
Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration.


Bouvet Island.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Lewis Tappan Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

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