Item 50-53 - Four copy letters from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

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Add. MS b/37/50-53

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Four copy letters from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

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  • c 1947-c 1955 (Creation)

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4 items; typescript copies

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c/o Sir James Donaldson, Scores Park, St. Andrews N.B. [letter of 6 November 1912] and St. Keyne's, Cambridge. Dated 6 November 1912 and 15 January, 19, 27 March 1913 - Four letters relating to an application to the Carnegie Trust in America for funding of an expedition to Central Africa. In the first letter Frazer describes meeting Sir William McCormick at Dr Sutherland Black's house, and his idea of the application to the Carnegie Trust who 'have a difficulty in finding worth objects on which to expend the large sums at their disposal'; gives advice on how to write the application; is staying with Sir James Donaldson; mentions he has heard from M. W. H. Beech who wants to study the Swahili. The letter from January reports he is sending the application to McCormick. The letter of 19 March reports McCormick had forgotten his promise to send it to the Institution via the head of the Scottish Universities Trust Dr [John] Ross; is disappointed in [Henri] Junod's second volume; is glad the missionaries of the Society of Friends are to take up anthropology, and will send him more of his [printed] anthropological questions. The letter of 27 March reports that the application has failed; regrets their short-sightedness, hopes he will not be disappointed, wonders if [R. R.] Marett or [William] Ridgeway could do something; and sends the second volume of Junod's book.

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