Reference numberNLB/30/409
Alternative reference numberNLB/30 p240-241
TitleCopy letter from Alfred Bray Kempe, to Richard Tetley Glazebrook, Fellow of the Royal Society
Date21 March 1905
DescriptionExplains delay in replying to Glazebrook's letter about Mr Bernacchi. Explains that Bernacchi is mistaken in thinking that the Government has benefited by the sale of the 'Discovery' and it would be therefore useless to approach Mr Balfour in the matter.

The officers of the Society are most anxious to recognize the work done by Bernacchi, and to advance his reasonable wishes and interests in the matter of the publication of the results obtained by him, but it does not appear to them that there is anything unreasonable in the arrangement proposed by Glazebrook in his letter to Bernacchi of 1 March, with regards to the character of the work which would have to be done under it.

The officers understand that the reduction of Bernacchi's observations could be effected by a competent computer for a much smaller amount than that which Glazebrook offers him, and that consequently Bernacchi's special position is not ignored. The officers also understand the question of Bernacchi's claim was considered by the Joint Finance Committee and they allotted a sum of money to enable the National Physical Laboratory to work out the magnetic results of the expedition, and that Glazebrook's offer is in accordance with the vote of the Committee.

Explains that the officers cannot regard Bernacchi's claim to be paid £250 for six months work in reducing the observations under Mr Chree's supervision as a reasonable one. A copy of this letter can be shown to Bernacchi.
Physical descriptionTypescript
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6638Kempe; Sir; Alfred Bray (1849 - 1922)1849 - 1922
NA8225Glazebrook; Sir; Richard Tetley (1854 - 1935)1854 - 1935
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