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Drowned pastor's letter from the Titanic could sell for over £50,000

A letter written by a Baptist minister from Scotland who died in the Titanic disaster is up for auction this month.

The 39-year-old man was travelling from London to Chicago with his sister and niece when the ship sank. 

It is being sold by a private collector through Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd auction house.

The letter is addressed to Pastor Young, leader of Paisley Road Baptist Church, thanking him for his help before Harper left London.

“My dear brother Young, I am penning you this line just before we get to Queenstown to assure you that I have not forgotten you and especially all your kindness while we were north,' it reads.

“I intended sending on Mrs Pratt's train fares just before I left but, in the rush, which was exceptional having had 11 or 12 services for the weekend, I was unable to get it done. I will send it on from Chicago.

“We had a great season of blessing during the last few days in Walworth. I don't know how I am to thank dear Aunty Mary and yourself for all your kindness. The Lord will repay you for it all. Trust things are going well at Paisley Road.

“The warriors are with me here and are doing well so far on the journey. Very kindest love, your loving auld Pastor John Harper.'

The letter dates from 11th April 1912, three days before the fatal accident and was sent from Queenstown, Ireland.

It will be auctioned on 14th November. The starting pre-sale is between £30,000 and £50,000.

The Titanic sank on its journey from Southampton to New York and took the lives of more than 1,500 people.

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