PARRY, Sir (William) Edward (1790–1855), naval officer and Arctic explorer. Autograph letter signed to Lady Palgrave, 8vo, 2 sides, Haslar Hospl., Gosport, 26th May 1848, expressing pleasure that her "poor old Protégée Harriett Edwards, has at length succeeded. It is one of many piteous cases; and we rejoice to find that the Governesses' Institution, and their cause generally, are becoming popular ............. Catherine sends you her very best love. We have had a gay week here, with the Queen &c &c; and I am just about to appear at the head of my Battalion, as Colonel-Commandant, to form a Guard of Honor for Her Majesty en route to London".
Parry's correspondent was Lady Elizabeth Palgrave (1799-1852), wife of the archivist and historian Sir Francis Palgrave (1788–1861). The Governesses' Benevolent Institution was established 1843, and incorporated in 1848, for affording temporary assistance to governesses in distress.
Parry was captain-superintendent of Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, Hampshire, from 1846 to 1852, when he was promoted to the rank of rear-admiral. At this time he was much involved, as a member of the Arctic council, in planning the search for Sir John Franklin and his expedition, about whom no word had been heard by 1847 (ODNB).
Parry's first wife died in 1839, and in 1841 he married Catharine Edwards (1808–1896), daughter of the Revd Robert Hankinson.