The British Association and the Death of President
the letter addressed by the President of the British Association
for the Advancement of Science to the United States Ambassador to
Great Britain and the latter’s reply:
L, W. Sept. 19, 1901.
To his Excellency, The H.
J. H. C, Ambassador of the United
States of America.
Sir, The General Committee
of the British Association for the Advancement of Science,
assembled this year in Glasgow, desire me to express to you
the horror with which they heard of the attack upon the late
President of the United States, and their deep sorrow at his
death. On the first day of the meeting in Glasgow the Association
telegraphed to Mr. McKinley the assurance of their sympathy
and of their earnest hopes for his recovery.
These hopes have not been fulfilled;
and it is now my sad duty to inform you that the tragic fate
of the President of the United States has cast a deep shadow
over our meeting. Together with all our fellow-countrymen
we share in the sorrow of the great sister nation which you
represent; and we desire, through you, to inform the men of
science of America that the members of the British Association
are bound to them not only by ties of blood, not only by the
links which unite all students of nature, but by the deeper
feelings which draw together those who are partners in a common
sorrow, and mourn one of the leaders of our common race.
||I am, sir,
Your obedient servant,
L, Sept. 23, 1901.
I have received with heartfelt
gratitude the kind expression of condolence and sympathy at
the death of President McKinley which you have forwarded to
me on behalf of the General Committee of the British Association
for the Advancement of Science.
I shall duly advise my government
of its receipt, and it will be highly appreciated by them
and by Mrs. McKinley. Your kind message and hundreds of other
similar communications from all parts of the British Dominions,
carry an assurance of national friendship and goodwill which
will be most welcome to the American people.