Reference numberNLB/5/586
Alternative reference numberNLB/5 p233-235
TitleCopy letter from Michael Foster, to the Secretary, Her Majesty's Treasury
Date18 July 1891
DescriptionFoster reports that the President and Officers of the Royal Society have recently had impressed upon them the desirability of all official reports about scientific matters being held at the Society's library. He further explains that as the Society is so often called upon to advise the Government on scientific topics, it would appear advisable that all reports presented to Parliament and containing results of previous Commissions on scientific questions should be accessible to the Council and Committees of the Society.

Foster therefore asks if the Treasury would be willing to afford to the Society, a "General Order" granting permission to apply for free copies of such published reports where they are likely to be of service for scientific purposes.
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