[Printed Prospectus for] The Anniversary Meeting of the Society, for the Election of President, Council, &c. will be held in the Theatre, Burlington Gardens [...]

[Royal Geographical Society] Leonard Darwin, J.F. Hughes, Honorary Secretaries
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Monday, May 20th, 1901

"Sir Clement Markham". Bifolium, 4to, india paper, fold marks, good condition, text on pp.[1]-[3]. Royal Medals for the Encouragement of Geopgraphical Sciewnce and Discovery were to be presented in the meeting, including the Founder's Medal to H.R.H. the Duke of the Abruzzi for his self-financed expedition othe North Pole. A resume of the expedition is given ("incapacitated by frost-bite [...] highest latitude yet attained by man", etc). The achievements of A, Donaldson Smith are given second billing (African exploration). Other medals listed. The Annual Dinner is announced on p.[3].

Typed Letter Signed ('Ruth Knowles'), a reference for her 'ship-keeper' William Stilwell. With four photographs of her barquentine 'Friendship' ('Emma Ernest'), moored at Charing Cross, and typed reports, with newspaper cuttings, by Stilwell's son.

Ruth Mitchell [Knowles] (c.1888-1969) [Chetniks; Yugoslavia; Brigantine 'Emma Ernest'; Charing Cross Pier; World Explorers Friendship Clubs; The Yellow Rolls Royce (film, 1964); ]
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Letter dated 21 May 1932; on 'World Explorers' letterhead. The two reports from 1988, with one dated 'JS [James Stilwell] Oct 88'.

An interesting collection of material relating to an extraordinary woman whose exploits deserve recognition. According to one obituary Mitchell (sister of American General 'Billy' Mitchell) was 'he only foreign woman to serve with the Chetniks', for whom she acted as a dispatch rider. Captured by the Gestapo while swimming at Dubrovnik, 'still in her bathing suit, and with papers on her that would have caused her to be executed without trial, she turned to the agents and asked: "Gentlemen, you will permit me to change my trousers?" They agreed.

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