A letter written aboard the Titanic by a pastor who went down with the ship is going up for auction this month.
John Harper, a widowed Baptist minister from Scotland, was traveling from London to Chicago on April 14, 1912 when the doomed liner hit an iceberg and sank.
Harper's sister and daughter were put on lifeboats, but he volunteered on board and passed his life jacket on to another passenger.
The 39-year-old minister preached the gospel when the Titanic sank and, according to contemporary reports, continued testifying in the freezing water until he drowned.
The handwritten letter thanks another preacher for his help prior to Harper's departure and will be advertised on Nov. 14 – it has a presale estimate of $ 38,850 to $ 64,750.
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"The warriors are here with me and doing well on the voyage so far," wrote Pastor John Harper on board the Titanic. The handwritten letter featured on the ship's official stationery is expected to fetch between $ 38,850 and $ 64,750 in auction this month
John Harper was a pastor at Walworth Road Baptist Church in London and traveled with his family to preach at Moody Church in Chicago.
His letter, written on Titanic stationery, was dated April 11, 1912, three days before the ship's sinking, and was mailed from Queenstown, Ireland.
It is addressed to Brother Young, pastor of Paisley Road Baptist Church in Glasgow, and thanks him for his help before Harper left.
& # 39; My dear brother Young. I am writing this line to you just before we get to Queenstown, to assure you that I have not forgotten you and especially your kindness when we were up north, ”it says.
John Harper, a Baptist minister from Scotland, gave up his place in a lifeboat to preach aboard the Titanic as it sank. He reportedly continued to try to save souls even while drowning in the icy waters of the Atlantic
“I was planning to send Ms. Pratt's train fares just before I left, but in the rush that was exceptional after having been on 11 or 12 duty over the weekend, I couldn't do it. I'll forward it from Chicago. & # 39;
“We have had a great time of blessing the past few days at Walworth. I don't know how to thank dear Aunt Mary and you for all your kindness. The Lord will repay you for everything. Trust things are going well on Paisley Road.
“The warriors are here with me and have been doing well on the trip so far. Heartfelt love, your loving old Pastor John Harper. & # 39;
At a gathering of survivors four years after the disaster, a man claimed he was rescued by a lifeboat after being rescued by Harper in the middle of the icy Atlantic.
"I am the last convert of John Harper," declared the nameless witness.
Harper's handwritten note is sold through Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd auction house, along with other Titanic memorabilia, from a private collector.
A letter recovered from the body of a Titanic victim sold for $ 166,000 in 2017.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. More than 1,500 people were killed.
Last week, Titanic enthusiasts had the opportunity to own a piece of the fateful ship themselves: a limited-edition Romain Jerome men's watch made of metal from the Titanic was auctioned on October 26th.
The watch was made in 2012, a century after the sinking of the Titanic. It was made of steel removed from the ship's hull in 1991 and fused with metal from the Harland & Wolff shipyards where the ship was built.
Laura Bishop of Fellows Auctioneers called it "one of the most interesting watches we've ever gotten under the hammer".
& # 39; The Titanic disaster was a poignant moment in history and the events are known around the world. The release of these watches on the 100th anniversary was the perfect homage to the tragedy of April 15, 1912.
Fellows Auctioneers did not announce what the watch was selling for, but listed a pre-sale estimate of between $ 4,600 and $ 7,200.
The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people.