|Description||Acknowledges the Mayor's letter of 9 January, enclosing a letter from Messrs Daw and Hilton addressed to the Council of the Royal Society and relating to an invention by those gentlemen. Ask for more precise information as to what the writer desires the Society to do in the matter.|
If they seek a grant of money to aid their researches in connection with their inventions, the Messrs should apply to the Government Grant Committee for Scientific Investigations, since the Society itself has no funds from which grants for such a purpose can be made. If they seek only to exhibit the invention under the auspices of the Society, the only opportunity would be at one of the Soirees of the Society. Expressions of opinion [upon inventions] are contrary to the long established practice of the Society.