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A letter from Ernest Shackleton to his wife, Emily. April 1909

The Nimrod Expedition was a success. Shackleton and his men came within grasp of the pole but made the brave decision to turn back rather than risk running out of fuel and food on their return journey.
This is the first letter Shackleton was able to send home to his wife.

My Darling Wife,
I am working day and night I can only send a line all I will tell you when I get back and on the way to Sydney. Child I cannot say how I feel about all the worry to you but it is over now sweeteyes and all will go well you can judge from the cables re lectures work etc. The expedition has been a success darling though we did not get the Pole I did my best I had to come back to you and the children.