We are very near the end, but have not and will not lose our good cheer.
I may not have proved a great explorer, but we have done the greatest march ever made and come very near to great success.
We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past.
I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.
But take comfort in that I die at peace with the world and myself - not afraid.
We are showing that Englishmen can still die with a bold spirit, fighting it out to the end.
Hunger and fear are the only realities in dog life: an empty stomach makes a fierce dog.
Every day some new fact comes to light - some new obstacle which threatens the gravest obstruction. I suppose this is the reason which makes the game so well worth playing.
Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.
Slowly but surely the sea is freezing over.
As one looks across the barren stretches of the pack, it is sometimes difficult to realise what teeming life exists immediately beneath its surface.
But we have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen. I regret only for the women we leave behind.
Certainly dog driving is the most terrible work one has to face in this sort of business.
I fear we have shot our bolt - but we have been to Pole and done the longest journey on record.
The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.
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