Reference numberNLB/3/949
Alternative reference numberNLB/3 p438
TitleCopy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Michael Foster, [Royal Society]
Date22 November 1889
DescriptionRix encloses a fair copy of Joseph Norman Lockyer's seating plan for dinner; lists of names which arrived too late and those which Lockyer and Mr Frankland did not place; a classified list for reference; and two blank plans. He notes that many names had come in that day, meaning that they have 32 people in excess of the 151 for which the plan allows, giving a total of 183.

Rix had been to the Metropole that day, and they have said that they can add length to the tables to make two more places at the top table and four more on each down table, providing for 177 guests in total. To provide more seating than this would require seven 'downs' instead of six, with the additional table to be opposite the President of the Royal Society. In the plan, he has ticked three extra places which the Committee have already put in, with brackets indicating friends. Rix must receive the revised plan by Monday morning to get the printing done in time.

He also mentioned three points to be considered in revising the plan; he asks whether seats 43 and 44 are good enough for [John] Russell Reynolds as he does not think they are; mentions George Howard Darwin's request to sit near to Foster; mentions with regard to seats 115-119 that Professor William Edward Ayrton asked that Mr Saunders and Mr Siemens might sit to his right and left, with the other guests opposite.
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Fellows associated with this archive
NA6349Lockyer; Sir; Joseph Norman (1836 - 1920)1836 - 1920
NA1469Reynolds; Sir; John Russell (1828 - 1896)1828 - 1896
NA8198Darwin; Sir; George Howard (1845 - 1912); mathematician and geophysicist1845 - 1912
NA8037Ayrton; William Edward (1847 - 1908)1847 - 1908
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