Record

Reference numberNLB/32/820
Alternative reference numberNLB/32 p476-478
LevelItem
TitleCopy letter from Archibald Geikie, to the Under Secretary of State, Colonial Office
Date30 May 1906
DescriptionGeikie, following consultation with the Tropical Disease Committee, has been asked to respond to the Colonial Office's letter of 26 February concerning the claim by the Crown Agents for the Colonies for reimbursement of payments from the Government of Uganda to Professor Minchin's Sleeping Sickness Commission.

He explains that the approximate estimate of £1000 for the Minchin's commission was arrived at on the understanding that it would be unnecessary to include housing and subsistence in their calculations; with previous commissions to Uganda having had their conveyance, lodging and subsistence paid out of Protectorate Funds without specific requests having been made by the Committee. Geikie responded to an enquiry from Minchin, forwarded by the Commissioner of Uganda, requesting a subsistence allowance, but in expressing the hope that an allowance would be made, he did not imagine that this would be charged from the funds granted by the Tropical Diseases Committee for the investigation.

They had previously written against a previous account presented to the Royal Society last November by the Crown Agents for subsistence allowance for Minchin and his assistant, the cost of conveying them from Mombasa to Entebbe and furnishing their lodgings. Two more accounts have since arrived, amounting to £429, six shillings and one pence. The only available fund for the Sleeping Sickness investigation is a promised £500, allotted to the Committee for the current year by the Colonial Office from the Tropical Disease Research Fund. Last year's funds were entirely absorbed by those expenses of Minchin's commission which the committee had originally anticipated, and so, if the current accounts were paid from their funds, nothing would remain for the investigation. He therefore asks if the charges might be met from other funds, or, failing that, if funds for the investigation might be found from other sources.
Extent3p
FormatCarbon
Physical descriptionTypescript
Access statusOpen
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView



    CONTACT US

    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →

    SUBSCRIBE

    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView