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Scott’s Instructions to Campbell relating to the Eastern Party

From ‘Scott’s Last Expedition’ vol 2, fourth edition  – Huxley  - Smith, Elder & Co - P79-81

Winter Quarters, Cape Evans,

23rd January, 1911.

Instructions to Leader of Eastern Party

      Directions as to the landing of your party are contained in the instructions to the Commanding Officer of the 'Terra Nova handed to you herewith.

      Whilst I hope that you may be able to land in King Edward's Land, I fully realise the possibility of the conditions being unfavourable and the difficulty of the task which has been set you.

      I do not think you should attempt a landing unless the Ship can remain in security near you for at least three days, unless all your stores can be placed in a position of safety in a shorter time.

      The Ship will give you all possible help in erecting your hut, &c., but I hope you will not find it necessary to keep her by you for any length of time.

      Should you succeed in landing, the object you will hold in view is to discover the nature and extent of King Edward's Land.  The possibilities of your situation are so various that it must be left to you entirely to determine how this object may best be achieved.

      In this connexion it remains only to say that you should be at your winter station and ready to embark on February 1, 1912.

      If the Ship should not arrive by February 15, and your circumstances permit, you should commence to retreat across the Barrier, keeping at first near the edge in order to see the Ship should she pass.

      It would be a wise precaution to lay out a depot in this direction at an earlier date, and I trust that a further depot will be provided in some inlet as you go east in the Ship.

      When I hear that you have been safely landed in King Edward's Land I shall take steps to ensure that a third depot is laid out. This will be placed by the Western Party one mile from the Barrier Edge and thirty miles from Cape Crozier.

      You will of course travel light on such a journey, and remember that fresh food can be obtained at Cape Crozier. A sledge sail should help you.

      From Cape Crozier you should make for Hut Point, where shelter and food will be found pending the freezing over of the bays to the north.

      Should you be unable to land in the region of King Edward's Land you will be at liberty to go to the region of Robertson Bay after communicating with Cape Evans.

      I think it very possible that a suitable wintering spot may be found in the vicinity of Smith's Inlet, but the Ship must be handled with care as I have reason to believe that the pack sometimes presses on this coast.

      Should you be landed in or near Robertson Bay you will not expect to be relieved until March in the following year, but you should be in readiness to embark on February 25.

      The main object of your exploration in this region would naturally be the coast westward of Cape North.

      Should the Ship have not returned by March 25 it will be necessary for you to prepare for a second winter.

      In no case would it be advisable for you to attempt to retreat along the coast. Seals and penguins should be plentiful and possibly some useful stores may remain at Cape Adare, but the existence of stores should not be regarded as more than a possibility.

      In conclusion I wish you all possible good luck, feeling assured that you will deserve it.

(Signed) R. SCOTT.