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The Wilbur A. Sawyer Papers

Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer pdf (130,967 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer
The Rockefeller Foundation public health personnel often helped their host countries to establish or expand public health departments and professional groups. Besides supervising the hookworm campaign in Australia, Dr. Sawyer was also an advisor to the Commonwealth's Ministry of Health, which was established during his stay there.
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1921-01-18 (January 18, 1921)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
Sawyer, Margaret
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From Hookworm to Yellow Fever: Rockefeller Foundation, 1919-1927
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1911-1995
SubSeries: Personal correspondence, 1911-1995
Folder: 1921
Jan. 18, 1921
Dearest Margaret:
Things are moving along rapidly and it looks as though a ministry of health is a distinct possibility. Yesterday Dr. Heiser, Dr. Cumpston, and I saw the Prime Minister and were asked to come back Wednesday with a plan. Last evening we sent seven pounds worth of cable to the Rockefeller Foundation asking authorization for Dr. Heiser to make a definite arrangement to cooperate with the Commonwealth if the Ministry is created. So you see things are looking up! It looks as though we could have at least another year here, but probably in a broader field. Cumpston says he asked Dr. H. whether he (C.) could depend on having me here for two years more and Dr. H. replied that
it was probable.
Last evening we attended a reception by a medical women's congress and met a number of people who know you, e.g. Dr. Greig, Dr. Scantlebury, Dr. Mary Booth, etc.
We have not been seriously inconvenienced by the car strike. Trams are stopped all day on Sunday and after 7P.M. on other days. Suburban trains run only once an hour.
I had to lend Dr. Heiser a white tie to complete his dress outfit for the reception, and as I had no overcoat, we walked down to the town hall with our white bosoms displayed to the world.
Letter writing has been seriously interrupted with as I am seldom alone and have an endless series of conferences, etc. I must stop this letter and have breakfast, or we shall make a bad start to day. I hope Peggy is happy and has finished furnishing her dollhouses.
Lots of love to you all. I probably cannot reach Brisbane till Saturday.
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