KING, Richard. 20452



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Richd. King’, to Professor Quekett, informing him that Charles Hawkins is appointed Inspector of Anatomy, but “nevertheless I am deeply indebted to you”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. 17 Savile Row, 10 February 1855. Uncommon. Richard King (1811?–1876), English surgeon, Arctic traveller, and early ethnological writer. Shortly after qualifying as a medical man King obtained the post of surgeon and naturalist in the expedition led by Captain George Back, to the mouth of the Great Fish River (now known as the Back River) between 1833 and 1835, in search of Captain John Ross. He took a prominent part in the expedition and is frequently mentioned in Back’s Narrative (1836), to which he contributed botanical and meteorological appendices. King published an independent account of the expedition under George Back, entitled Narrative of a Journey to the Shore of the Arctic Ocean under command of Captain Back (1836), 2 vols. In 1850, King was appointed assistant-surgeon aboard HMS Resolute, in the expedition sent out to search for Franklin under Captain Horatio Austin, and in 1857 King received the Arctic Medal for his services.