In January 1921, Sawyer met with Dr. Victor Heiser, the director of RF operations in the East. Heiser asked him to come along
on a three-month tour of the RF public health sites in southeast Asia, and Sawyer agreed, though it meant missing the birth
of his son (who arrived on March 23). His letters to his wife describe the public health work, the various cultures and customs
encountered and the rigors of traveling, including the inevitable communication lag. (Sawyer finally returned home to Brisbane
on May 3rd.)
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From Hookworm to Yellow Fever: Rockefeller Foundation, 1919-1927
We landed at five o'clock this afternoon and reached the hotel after the offices were closed, and I couldn't inquire
for mail and telegrams. But I telephoned to Dr. Cumpston and he said there was a letter for me on his mantel and that I might
be able to "raise" the night-watchman and get in. So I pounded and rang and finally got in and captured the first
letter from home since ages before the baby was born. I suppose there are letters giving details floating across various
oceans in pursuit of me!
Thank Miss Bage for the snapshots of the children. The pictures are the only description that I have had of the baby, and
I am naturally much interested. He looks good in the pictures and I shall be home to inspect him soon. Is Ruth reconciled
to having her nose out of joint? She is no longer the P.F.B.
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At Freemantle we had several hours ashore and I visited Dr. Atkinson at Perth. At Adelaide we did not arrive until nine o'clock,
and it was too late to go to town, so we went about the tiny town at the seaport and then went back to the ship.
Who ever invented stub pens? I wonder if he could write with them himself. This one is a little better than the last.
We had a very pleasant voyage from Freemantle, and spent much time on deck.
This letter will not be very far behind the accumulation from Colombo, and I hope that it will not be far ahead of me, although
Dr. Cumpston is apparently going to try to get me to stay over to a meeting of the P.H. Assoc. of Australia next Friday evening.
With lots of love for you and all of the children,