Letter from [Archibald Geikie], Secretary, Royal Society, to Robert Falcon Scott, H.M.S. Bulwark, Channel Fleet

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                                Meteorological research. He was obviously bound to say 
this, for if he had not said it , he would certainly have 
laid himself open to the charge of having given an erroneous 
idea of the scientific value of the observations. But I do not 
think he could have said it less gently and unoffensively 
than he has done.
When he was in doubt about any parts of the work, it
would certainly have been much better had he put himself 
in communication with you. That he did not do so was, in my 
opinion an error of judgment, on his part, which perhaps may 
be <s>partly <\s> in some measure accounted for by your absence from England at the 
time when the Antarctic work was being discussed at the 
Meteorological Office. Both as a matter of courtesy and for the 
purpose of exhausting every source of information, he would 
have been well advised had he consulted you. And so far 
as I can see, this is the only valid ground of complaint 
which you can fairly bring against him.
In all the circumstances of the case, which I have most
anxiously considered, my earnest advice to you is to let the 
matter drop. There will be an opportunity, as I have already 
pointed out to you, to correct in the second Part of the Meteorology any mis-statement which may 
have been made in the first Part. In the mean time 
to prolong the controversy and especially to allow it to become 
public would be disastrous. Such a course would 
                            
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Author
Archibald Geikie
Reference
MS/591/4/12
Series
MS
Date
Nov-08
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Letter from [Archibald Geikie], Secretary, Royal Society, to Robert Falcon Scott, H.M.S. Bulwark, Channel Fleet, Nov-08. From The Royal Society, MS/591/4/12

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