Reference numberNLB/32/52
Alternative reference numberNLB/32 p27
TitleCopy letter from Archibald Geikie, to John Milne, [Fellow of the Royal Society]
Date19 December 1905
DescriptionGeikie seeks clarification of the reasons Milne gives as to why he will not apply to the Government Grant Fund for a grant in aid of his seismic work, namely what he means by the "existing obligations" which determined his decision and why he must he must wait "until the status of my kind of work is more clearly defined".

He seeks to reassure Milne that in accepting such a grant he would not be impeded in making whatever decisions he deems necessary to the work, and would remain his 'own master', and asks that he reconsider on this basis. Geikie details the two ways in which an application can be made, with the first way being by the individual undertaking the research, in which case it should be made in printed form, to be received before the end of December, and it may be withdrawn prior to the meeting of the General Committee if he wishes. The second way is for a Board, or two Boards conjointly, to initiate the application. In Milne's case such an application could be made by the British Association Committee with whom he has been working, as this would guard against interruptions to his work and ensure sufficient funds are available. Geikie recommends the second option, but leaves it to Milne to decide. He hopes 'for the sake of British seismology' he will agree to make an application.

Geikie asks that he look at and then return the enclosed letter and map from W H Hobb of Madison, USA, studying the Calabrian earthquake. He notes that until they receive his report they cannot judge the amount or reliability of his evidence. He remarks on the imagination displayed in the construction of his map, which would likely have been circles or ellipses in other hands.
Physical descriptionManuscript
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7131Milne; John (1850 - 1913)1850 - 1913
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