Montreal Gazette, 3 August 1857, page 2
Sailing of Lady Franklin’s Expedition
(From the Glasgow Telegraph, July 31)
Last Wednesday at a very early hour the city of Aberdeen was the scene of bustle and excitement. The inhabitants were hurrying hither and thither, their countenances bearing the impress of a mixture of anxiety and hope. A great event was at hand – not the arrival of royalty in search of Highland seclusion- not the visit of a French prince on a scientific exploration – not the return of the brave Highlanders from a Russian campaign; butt an event of far greater significance, and of transcendent importance to the cause of humanity – Lady Franklin’s screw streamer the Fox was appointed that morning to sail for the Arctic seas, in search of the remains of the long lost navigator and his intrepid band. The spectators crowded the docs to catch a glimpse of that gallant captain and daring crew who had undertaken the perilous voyage. Lady Franklin and her neice were there blessing the expedition; and as the brave ship weighed anchor and stood out to sea, the lust cheers of the assembled thousands unmistakably testified that the noble efforts that lady had made – though timidly deserted by a government in whose service her husband and his followers had embarked – to investigate and clear up the haze still hanging around the fate of the Arctic expedition, were fully appreciated.
Yes; Lady Franklin’s expedition has sailed; in a few days hence it will reach the ice, where the hardships of an Arctic voyage commence. To Captain McClintock and his gallant crew we sincerely wish God Speed! There must be relics in existence which will afford a satisfactory clue to the fate of the lost Sir John Franklin and his companions; the remains of such an expedition as that which he commanded cannot be utterly obliterated. Besides, the Fox sails under specially favourable auspices. Captain McClintock will doubtlessly be enabled to profit by the experience of all the previous searching expeditions they have extended over a wide expanse of ground; he has now but a comparatively small space to explore, that done, the work will be thoroughly accomplished, every mile of those ice-bound region will have been minutely examined.