Amundsen, perhaps suspecting that Nansen for whatever reasons of his own would not after all take the Fram south, wrote to him, "Forgive me that I already at this point approach you with a question. It may seem intrusive, but I hope that you will forgive me, as you know how great is my interest in this matter. Have you made a decision with respect to the journey we talked about when I was in London in February? I should prefer to be able to follow you and possibly be of some use; but should it be that this journey does not materialize, then I should very much like to have my plan -- or to use a more correct expression, your original plan -- of going through the Bering Strait and over the pole ready by autumn." 
 Nansen Electronic Photographic Archive, Nasjonalbiblioteket.
 Roald Amundsen, letter to Fridtjof Nansen, 30 May 1907, quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.201.