|Alternative reference number
|Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, Sir Michael Foster, Secretary of the Royal Society
|27 January 1903
|Lieutenant Colonel David Bruce seems to be in considerable trouble about the arrangements for the Sleeping Sickness investigation, and the Foreign Office do not appear to be behaving well. Harrison wrote to Sir Clement Hill outlining the requirements [NLB/26/104]. At an interview with Bruce and Dr Nabarro, Hill repudiated any suggestion that the Foreign Office would pay Bruce an honorarium, and took the tone that Bruce was now an officer of the Foreign Office, on loan from the War Office, and the Royal Society therefore have no say. Hill apparently wrote a reply to Harrison to this effect, but tore it up.
Hill went with Bruce to the Treasury and gave a verbal undertaking of the honorarium, but as the Foreign Office has acted so shiftily, it would be wise to get this definitively in writing. He thinks the full power of the Foreign Office should bear down on Sadler, as they expect to meet with passive or even active obstruction from the local people.
|See also: NLB/26/104
Fellows associated with this archive
|Foster; Sir; Michael (1836 - 1907); physiologist
|1836 - 1907