A touching message coined by the Titanic hero who sacrificed his life to save others is slated to be sold at auction for $ 65,000.
The letter was written by John Harper, pastor of Walworth Road Baptist Church in London, a widower who was traveling with his sister and 6-year-old daughter to preach at Moody’s Church in Chicago.
The Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 pm, and sank on April 14, 1912, during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, just over two hours later, killing more than 1,500 people.
Message of thanks
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge of Henry Aldridge and Son told Fox News that while Harper’s daughter and sister were placed in a lifeboat, the priest remained on the Titanic and gave his life jacket to one of the other passengers.
It is then said that the 39-year-old priest continued to preach until he disappeared into the freezing waters.
The letter included a thank you from Harper from Houston to his colleague, “Brother Young,” for his assistance before Harper’s departure to the United States. Written on Titanic stationery, the letter is dated April 11, 1912, and was mailed from Queenstown, Ireland when the Titanic transported the passengers there that day.
“I am writing these lines before we get to Queenstown to assure you that I have not forgotten you, especially your kindness when we were up north,” Harper wrote. The letter will be auctioned on November 14, with a pre-sale estimate of $ 38,850 to $ 64,750.