Reference numberNLB/51/701
Alternative reference numberNLB/51 p433
TitleCopy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society to Commander Sladen
Date28 May 1915
Description'I hope I am not presuming on the acquaintance made here last week if I ask for a word of advice on the subject of the protection of this large building from fire in the event of an incendiary attack from above. It, as is very probably, you are too fully occupied with your own responsibilities to give any attention to the matter I trust you to tell me so quite frankly; but if you can spare anyone from you staff to look in here one day soon and advise me, not only I but the Royal Society would be greatly indebted to you. The building is fitted with fire hydrants on every floor, but at night I, in my quarters upstairs, and the nightwatchman down below, are the only men in the house; and the sort of question on which I should like to have advice is what we ought to do in the event of a bomb striking the building. Whether, for instance, the hose ought to be coupled on to the hydrants every night as a precaution and so forth.
If you are able to give me the benefit of your advice in this matter anyone coming on your behalf would find me best between 10 and 2 on any morning.'
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