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voyages ---- to the different publications on Arctic subjects of the Messrs. Chambers, of Edinburgh, and of Nelson & Sons, of London - to the British quarterly reviews, magazines, and journals --- we have been largely indebted ; in many instances adopting, without alteration, the language in which events are narrated. Still, with all our obligations, no small amount of original labor and research has been found necessary, in order to render our narrative clear and complete.

It would be unjust if we did not mention, in this connection, our indebtedness to Lieutenant Sherard Osborn, the latest Arctic historian, who, in his account of M'Clure's expedition, and of the discovery of a north-west passage, has given us the record of achievements the magnitude of which has been hardly appreciated as yet. The world looked for the dénouement of a personal tragedy; and turns, with comparative indifference, from the solution of the great geographical problem of the last three centuries.

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