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Dear Mr. Robinson,

...perhaps it is a dialectic variation? Of course, this is assuming that the two ways to spell his name do not equate to two meanings. I would think "paluk" means "kind," but I've no clue to "miy" and "mahri."

Wishing you all the best,
Catherine Schreiber
January 21, 2002
Dear sir/madam,

i was wondering if you could help me with a few questions as i have searched the internet and local libraries to no avail!

what are the oldest rocks on the earth?
what are the oldest meterorites found?
what are their compositions?
where were they located?

any info or links which you may provide i would be most grateful !
i hope you are well and having a good time!
yours thankfully
liz simmonds
I found your article on the net while I was looking for informatin on the Boston American newspaper.I have a front page from a 1917 Boston American. I just wanted to find out how long the paper was around and when they went out of business. If you have any information could you pass it on? Thanks 

Steve Atwood

I just viewed the picture of the musk ox on your website. I was wondering if you sell any prints? I am very interested in obtaining some prints of  the musk ox and the aurora.
Please respond via email at your earliest convenience. 

Thank you, Lisa

From: "Patrick" <> 
Subject: About your fathers Expedition? 

After your fatherís expedition, there was a display done of his journey some where in New York. I believe. The women who supposedly did the graphic displays for Admiral Perry's New York exhibit, is named Clotile Embry Funk, but I am not sure about the spelling. I was wondering if you had any information on her, or knew where I mind find more information. Thank you for your time.
Did Matthew Henson write any books about his experiences?

Arthur Layton
Stamford, CT 
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 
Subject: grand nephew 

My name is Earl Harvey Henson older brother of Olive C. Henson of Boston, Ma. and father of Martha Henson who has been in touch with you. I just found  your web site. 

I am a complete novice when it comes to computers. I would like to have my and my family's names added to the Henson family tree. I am 81 yrs old and have a brother 71. My sister Olive is 78. My daughter Martha is 50 and my son Son Earl H. Henson II (deceased) would be 47. My wife Josephine is 73.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

From: Ken Terry 
Subject: Great Story and a lesson to learn
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 

The Mathew Henson story should be required reading for every child in every school of African American heritage.
Mathew Hanson gave so much to so many and received very little if he were white and accomplished this task there would be a national holiday in his honor.


We have received the following letter and a statement from the negro who accompanied Commander Peary to the Pole:

I saw recently a statement that I had turned against Commander Peary. That is all newspaper talk. All I ever told the reporter was that the twelve pictures I had, Mr. Peary did not want me to use. I think I ought to have a chance to make a living. That was every word except this copy which I am sending you of what I did say in black and white, and if you or any one else call that turning against anyone I don't know how to start about it. I hope you will know all that I have said about Mr. Peary. MATTHEW A. HENSON.

The gist of Henson's statement is as follows:

"Peary has his proofs and they are in such shape that the most skeptical scientists will be thoroughly convinced. His data are in excellent shape and will leave no doubt in the mind of anyone.

Peary did reach the North Pole. I was with him and knew the hardships endured, the determination of the leader, the discouragements that faced him, the hope of success which spurred him on, and the final exultation when he stood at the point where there was no north.

Had Peary not reached the North Pole, he would be in the Arctic to-day, for his expedition was fully equipped to spend a year or two longer in the north. Peary was determined to win and nothing short of impending starvation would have induced him to turn south again. He did turn south, but not until he had reached the North Pole."

Matthew A. Henson, 1910

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 23:59:33 EDT
Subject: Matthew Henson by Debbie Allen

I am really glad that Ms. Debbie Allen is doing Matthew Henson. I would like to share this infomation with Ms. Allen. Henson was the sole discoverer of the North Pole. Peary hired him because he knew of Henson's reputation as an exploror. Their was a contest on which country would reach the North Pole first. Peary couldn't make it because of frostbite and asked Henson to continue
tto find the North Pole for the US. Henson wrote a book called the Negro Explorer. He also married an Eskimo woman. †I do the Black history spots for my radio station annually.

Lastly after I'd interviewed Ms. Allen in NYC, she gave me her LA tel. number and fx.number. My mother lost them. I went to Howard as she did. My email is My tel. is 718 - 341 - 5763. My address is 163 - 38 145th Rd. , Jam., NY 11434 - 5115.

I saw her at graduation 2001 at Howard but I didn't want to interfere with her schedule. I have 2 health books I want to give her. Please forward my information to her or either send her information to me. †Thank you. In the Spirit, Cassandra Meroe Wimbs

From: "Robin Perez" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001

hello can you tell me alot about Matthew a Henson please thank you and please email asap
From: "Labat, Eric (NLMOC)" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 

Good morning all,

On August 8, 1866, in a cabin near Nanjemoy, Charles County, MD, the Co-discover of the North Pole was born of Lemuel and Caroline Henson.
Happy Birthday Matthew Henson!
Your contribution to the discovery of the North Pole will not Go unnoticed with the continued work of Bradley Robinson, Dr. Allen Counter and others. 

Have a great day!

Naval Oceanographic Office 
Fleet Representative to USJFCOM NIPRNET: 

Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center
9141 Third Avenue, Bldg U-117
Norfolk, VA 23511-2394
From: (permissions)
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 
Subject: Request for Permission

Dear Madam/Sir:

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Description: Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson, along with four Polar Eskimos, were the first to reach the North Pole in 1909.
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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 
From: "Kathleen McClure" <>
Subject: Nanjemoy Community Center - Nanjemoy Heritage Day

Hi, my name is Kathy McClure. I am the program leader here at Nanjemoy Community Center in Nanjemoy (Charles County), Maryland. We are having a Nanjemoy Heritage Day on Saturday, September 29, 2001, from Noon to 4:00 P.M.

We will have exhibits from all different historic and cultural aspects of Nanjemoy including farming, fishing, churches, schools, outreach organizations, and historic events and people. We will have representation from African-American Heritage Society, the Piscataway-Conoy Confederacy, the Charles County Historic Society, plus many local historians.

We will also have an artists and crafters fair for local talent - such as quilting, carving, painting, photography, and more; plus children's events, food, and entertainment.

Is there any possibility that someone from your organization would be available to exhibit on that day? It would really be a great addition to our program and a treat for our community.

Thanks for your time and consideration. I hope I will hear from you soon.

Thank you,
Kathy McClure
Program Leader
Nanjemoy Community Center
Nanjemoy, Maryland
301-753-1647 x10
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001
From: "John M. Carlin" <>
Subject: New Henson Center

I hope soon you will be able to incorporate pictures and text concerning the new Matthew Henson Center that was recently opened in Washington, D.C. on the Anacostia river by teh Earth Conservation Corps -- in honor of Matt and to be used as an environmental education center for young African-Americans to help clean up the Anacostia habitat, learn about the environment and feel Good about themselves.
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 
From: NorthWinds Arctic Adventures <>
Subject: Re: Fort Conger photos

Attached are a couple photos of Fort Conger.

The photo called FC, cabins is a picture of Peary and Henson's cabins. Peary's is on the left and Matt's on the right (with the large whale bone leaning on it).

The picture called Peary Hut is an inside shot of Peary's cabin showing.

I could not get any pictures of the inside of Matt's hut because he only had one small window open to the outside and therefore it was quite dark inside.

NorthWinds Arctic Adventures
From: Janice
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001
Subject: Re: Matthew Henson's possessions

It's a crime not to find ways to share these treasures. †One or more of the large fraternities/sororities might want to take on this struggle or someone like Bill Cosby might be encouraged to donate the money to help reproduce images of some of these artifacts so that they might be made more readily available to the general public. I'm sure his intent in donating these items to those institutions was to give them the most wide-reaching opportunity to instruct and inspire. This is really pissing me off.

I will continue to visit your website. If you think of anyway I can help you bring these items to light, please let me know. I will give this some thought and make some inquiries. Perhaps the Museum of Natural History might be encouraged to mount an exhibit about Henson on the 150th Anniversary of his birth. This is not too far away and it would give them some time to borrow some of the pieces from the other institutions. What do you think?

From: Janice
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 
Subject: website and book

Dear Bradley Robinson-
Matthew Henson has always been a hero of my father's and, through him, of mine. †My father spoke to Mr. Henson a number of times in Harlem. †My father spoke of Mr. Henson's heroism, force of personality, and the injustice he suffered with perhaps more passion and outrage than Mr. Henson probably permitted himself. †I had the Good fortune to see the movie with Delroy Lindo and read the book Dark Companion. †I purchased three copies of the book on e-Bay and will give two as gifts. I absolutely loved the book. I am also glad to see that the website clears up the point about Peary's shameful
treatment of Mr. Henson.  I think the animosity was not because Mr. Henson Got to the pole but that he Got there FIRST. The photographs of the Henson family are priceless.

Where are Mr. Henson's effects? †His clothes, letters, diaries, souvenirs? †

Thank you for a wonderful website.

Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 
Subject: Re: Photographs
From: Kathy 
RE: Photographs

Thank you for your reply. We will pay you $150.00 each for the use of the images ... We are very short on time so I am Going to give you the design firms address along with their Fed Ex number. Please send the images to them and they will tell you what they would like to use.

The address is XXXXXXXXXXXXX Eight Avenue, NY, NY 10018 Attn: XXXX (nnn) nnn-nnnn. Please use their Fed Ex number nnnnnnnn mark it next day delivery. Any questions please email me or call me (nnn) nnn-nnnn. The book will be published by Harcourt Brace and Company. XXXXXXX  from Harcourt will be paying you for the use of the images. I will let you know what images they would like to use. Thank you for your help with this project.

1. Photo of North Pole or Hensonn's 1909 expedition.
2. Peary, Henson and Inuit men with equipment and dogs.
3. Matthew Henson with Inuit men or photo of the Inuit men
4. Photo of Henson with crew or dog sled
5. Photo of Henson and Perry at the North Pole
6. Photo of Matthew Henson
7. Photo of his book
8. Photo of Henson on the stamp
9. Photo of plane flying over the North Pole

Any interesting photos or maps.
Anything that you can do will be a great help.

Thank you 
(nnn) nnn-nnnn
From: APbball15
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 
Subject: i have a question about matthew henson 

This is a great website and I have learned a lot about expeditions and they are very interesting. I do have one question, however. 
What did Matthew Henson and Robert Peary do after they discovered the North Pole? Did they become friends and see eachother once in awhile? If you can, I would greatly appreciate it if you could possibly email me back and answer my question or send me a website to find the answer to! 

Thanks, Allie

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
From: "khaseeb"  
Subject: I want to visit North Pole Status: 

Hi Bradley I really want to admire the site from depth of my heart. Very detailed hard work presented in a pleasent manner what I am expecting from you is another site about both Poles. I want to visit both Poles starting from North. Can you guide me about any Atomic/Non atomic ship which may carry me over there??  Please send any other links in this regard. 
Kashif Haseeb 
H.No .P564 STR -9 Mustafabad Faisalabad Pakistan. 

From: "Howard Rosen"  
Subject: controversy 
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 

What are your thoughts about the belief among many Arctic historians that Peary and Henson never reached the North Pole? 

Howard Rosen

From: "Henson, Cheri"
Subject: Henson Family Date: 
Tue, 17 Apr 2001 

Greetings! My name is Cheri Henson. According to my father, James S. Henson, we are related to Matthew Henson. I have no proof of this and I am curious as to how I can find out if this information is indeed true. Our family is pretty small, we've lost contact with most of our kin. I have made it my goal to locate and "reunite" with as many of my kinfolk as possible. If there is anything you can do to assist me in my search, it would be deeply appreciated. Please feel free to email me at I look forward to hearing from you. 

Have a great day Cheri Henson 

Subject: RE: Henson Family 
Thank you for your speedy reply. I really appreciate it. I will definitely look into that website. Thanks again!

From: "sebo" <>
Subject: links
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001
My name is Tony Siebenthaler and this is just a quick e-mail. Loved your web site. I am undertaking an initiative to erect a statue to the role africa has played in the development of society and civilisation The ideas are pretty loose now, I want to erect a statue of this nature within a wider initiative to commemorate Liverpools 800th anivarsary in 2007, each statue to represent a subject that has played the most defing role in the citys development and make up. Please keep in touch as if this initiative gets off the ground you contact, I think would be invaluable
 Tony Siebenthaler  <>
tel: 0151-289-1006 mobile 07951 - 049095
You're my kind of guy! 

From: "Louis F. Sander" 
Subject: Compliment
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 


What a nice site! I am aware of Matthew Henson and his life, due to my general awareness of black history. I came upon this site while surfing the web. It is VERY nice to see so much about this fellow's life. The family pictures are great (though I see he only had children by his Eskimo lady, and those attractive people at the ship ceremony don't look very Eskimo to me). I'll have to look at the site some more to learn more about that. I didn't know about the ship, and I'm glad to see it exists.

Since my previous email, I learned more about you from the site. (In spite of site maps, navigation aids, etc., IMHO it's still not as easy to get around a web site as it is to deal with a well-organized book).
Your father obviously passed on some of his writing talent to you. I've heard of "Dark Companion" for a long time, and am aware of its general nature. The title has always had a special attraction for me. Sort of mysterious. Says volumes in just two words. I'm gonna read it. Also plan to download your .PDF

I sent an email to the site, then spent some more time looking around it. Truly a special site, obviously put together by a special person/persons.
I like the professional way the site is constructed, and I sure am wondering about you. Are you a web site guy by profession? Whence your interest in Henson? I also like the "attitude" that appears in the email responses, the "rants," etc. You're my kind of guy!  (I find myself wondering if you're some kind of "EWA" (Eskimo With Attitude) or something similar (you don't have to reveal it -- I just wanted to express my wondering).
That's it. Hope you don't mind my comments. 

From: Mrenfranz@...
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 
Subject: thanks for the site

thank you for providing this site.  
From: "Cathy Melloan" <>
Subject: photos needed
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 

I am working on a childrens textbook project and need photos of Matthew Henson. If you have some good sources or can provide some of them, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you very much. Cathy Melloan
From: "NICKI HALL" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 

dear (unknown),
i would like to ask you a small favor if you don't mind to send me evreything i mean evreything you the reader would know about matthew henson. that is all i hope you don't mind.


Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001



Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001 
Subject: Knowing Mr. Henson

Thank you for your wonderful informative website!  I was very intrigued in the fact that your father knew Matthew Henson.  Did you ever meet with Matthew Henson?  If so what was he like from your point of view.  I would appreciate it if you could write me back with a response.  Thank you Ms.
Robinson for this wonderful site!
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 
I would appreciate if you could write me back with a response
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 
Subject: Re: Knowing Mr. Henson

Mr. Bradley Robinson,  I am forwarding your response to me and the email I sent to you to all the Peary and Henson relatives I know.  I hope they will enjoy your response to me.
-History Fanatic  :'(

From: "Cody Smith" <jungleboy@..>
Subject: i need help for school
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 

I am doing a report on Matthew Henson and no sites tell what he called eskimos. It says that they also would refer to themselves as this. it is a 5 letter word thanks
Cody M. Smith

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