Confessions of A Leigh Hunt.

No relation to Leigh Hunt, this one founded the NZ Antarctic Club and knew several explorers, and gave lantern lectures to schools about Scott etc.

p. 117, received a message from Captain Evans [Lord Mountevans]: “When you are talking to school children of New Zealand concerning Captain Scott and his last Antarctic voyage, tell them that I consider it an honour to send them a message and that, since I have been asked to do so, I must urge them to remember that, apart from the scientific value of an expedition such as Scott’s the example he and his four brave companions set to the children of the Empire found its echo in the Great War, when one million of the finest men our Empire has produced willingly gave up their lives for democracy and freedom from despotic government…. Tell them also that, when life seems darkest, to turn up the story of Scott’s last days and read those letters written by him when, with a temperature of 40 degrees below zero, food all gone, limbs frozen and the blizzard howling about his tent, he wrote gladly and cheerfully, feeling that he did not die in vain, but that the tragic end of his expedition would serve as an example to Britain’s and to the children of the British Empire.”

p. 127: Hunt recounts a conversation in which someone named Smith asked Mawson how he kept his spirits up after losing two mates. “He placed his hand as if he intended to take something out of his pocket, and in an earnest voice replied: ‘Smith, I had a tiny Bible in my pocket, and when I was in camp and unable to travel I read comforting passages from it.’”