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Add. MS a/666/5 · Item · 26 Nov. 1894
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Shelford.—Discusses arrangements for a forthcoming dinner of the Royal Society.

(Dated Monday.)



Shelford. Monday. Ev.

My dear President,

Telegram to hand—This is very annoying; it was such a real good toast list.

I think now it will be best to ask Lord Salisbury to propose the toast instead of replying to it—& to “couple” your “name” with it. Your response as being that of an official of the Society can be quite brief & without sitting down you can go on to propose the Medalists†—this will save us a speech and we have a quite long enough list {1}

But Harcourt’s failing puts us in another corner—With the Lord Chancellor & Harcourt both speaking the way was clear to ask Ld Ashbourne—this from your telegram you have done. But it will look onesided to have Salisbury & Ashbourne as against Chancellor.

If he falls out we certainly ought to ask Shaw Fevre {2}—in fact we ought even if he accepts, & Rhodes fails—perhaps even if Rhodes does not fail. Let me know what you think.

I go up to Burlington House on Wednesday to finally arrange table—shall be there from mid-day onwards—Please write to me there your opinion of the above & if you have to wire on Wednes. wire me there—Perhaps you will authorize me to write in your name if necessary. On Wednesday we shall know more definitely who is coming, & what answers you have had—& we must then do our best & I will write to whom we may decide on, if there is need. If may be desirable for me to wire you on Wednes. aft, & get an immediate reply—perhaps you will arrange for this

Ever yours
M. Foster


Letter-head of the Royal Society, Burlington House, London, W. Kelvin was President of the Society from 1890 to 1895, and Foster was Secretary from 1881 to 1903. The letter concerns arrangements for the Society’s annual anniversary dinner on Friday, 30 Nov. 1894, at which the Lord Chancellor (Lord Herschell), the Marquess of Salisbury, and Lord Ashbourne, all mentioned in the letter, were present (see The Times, 1 Dec. 1894, p. 10).

{1} Foster’s suggestions were adopted. See the Times article cited above.

{2} G. J. Shaw-Lefevre, who had attended the dinner in 1892 (The Times, 1 Dec. 1892, p. 6).

† Sic.

HOUG/EM/7/10 · Item · 7 Mar. 1870
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Manchester. - Houghton's offer to approach Sir Henry Storks about a position in the Control Department will be of great value; believes he has been bypassed owing to lack of influence; present post in the Pay Sub-Department was a temporary measure and never intended to exclude him from the Control Department.

HOUG/EM/7/4 · Item · ?1 Dec [1869/1870]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Harrow. - Seeks recommendation for Headmastership at Haileybury: 'I have excited strong opposition in some paedagogic & clerical circles by the editing of the Essays on a Liberal Education, & by my Lecture before the Royal Institution'; ought not to be barred for pursuing cause of educational reform; requests testimonial; several other Apostles are aiding him.

HOUG/EM/7/2 · Item · 4 Mar. 1868
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

874 Via Santa Maria, Pisa; sent to Houghton in Rome. - Favourable opinions of his petroleum enterprise; thanks for offer to introduce English investors; will forward his Treatise on the Petroleum Zones of Italy if desired; encloses two poems. Enclosures: two printed poems by Fairman, Never Despair (14 Feb. 1868) and A True Friend (19 Feb. 1868).

HOUG/EM/7/1 · Item · 7 Aug. 1882
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Hatchett's Hotel, Dover St., W., London. - Encloses newspaper cutting [no longer present] on his son, who was educated at the University of Pisa; his scientific and linguistic abilities; he would be very valuable as a doctor in Egypt. Postscript: Fairman's Alexandria railway concession; knows the true secret of the Egyptian crisis.

HOUG/EM/7/3 · Item · 4 Jan. 1869
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

On printed notepaper: Fairman & Co., Palazzo Orlandini, 2 Via dei Buoni, Florence. - Houghton's kind acknowledgment from Pisa last year of his Treatise [on the Petroleum Zones of Italy]; has concessions on nearly 22, 000 acres of land but no money to proceed; frustrations of earlier schemes in Egypt; requires Houghton's support; discussed him with Mr Lorrimer Graham [sic: James Lorimer Graham?] of New York; sends copy of English newspaper he has started [no longer present].

HOUG/EM/8/7 · Item · 7 Aug. 1847
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

15 Devonshire Street, near Poplar [Row/Road?], New Kent Road. - Encloses letter from Mr Gaskell: deeply disappointed despite his generosity; hoped to have secured her ailing daughter a passage to greenock; divident to another daughter might not be paid in time to send her; begs a couple of pounds as a last hope. Enclosure: letter from Daniel Gaskell to Susan Grant, 6 Aug. 1847. Lupset Hall, Wakefield. - Regrets Trustees of the late Lady Galway's Fund are unable to assista; stronger claimants locally; sends £1 as a personal gift.