Dr. Sawyer was in Georgia and Alabama inspecting malaria and hookworm control programs from late August to early October 1924,
while his family finished a vacation in northern Michigan and prepared to move back to New York City. In this letter he described
Dr. Heiser's visit to the program, including news of his possible next assignment with the Rockefeller Foundation.
NOTE: Sawyer seems to have used the last page of this letter as an expense list.
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1924-09-14 (September 14, 1924)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
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From Hookworm to Yellow Fever: Rockefeller Foundation, 1919-1927
This letter will go to New York. I hope the one I mailed yesterday will get through to Idylwylde in time to catch you as
you will need the check. My reimbursements of expense money have not arrived and would be very useful just now. Fortunately
expenses are low and I am still running on the cash I brought with me.
Dr. Heiser was in good form and amused the whole verandah party with his stories of Japan. He thinks the Japanese project
will be a large one and that it will go through. The signed agreement has not yet come. The plan involves an expenditure
of a couple of million and includes help in public health education as well as public health work. Dr. Heiser has me in mind
for this but Dr. Russell also has a plan for using me in the Division of Laboratories, which he gave up when he became General
Director. These things will be settled in October after I am back. For the remainder of the
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year I shall be in N.Y. Either of the jobs sounds interesting, but just now, with a minimum of information, I rather lean
toward Japan. What do you think? Of course we are in the stage of maximum disgust with New York and greatest longing for
a return to commutation. Salary increase has not been mentioned, but, I should think, might depend somewhat on the nature
of the assignment. It looks to me that the assignments considered are the two best that I know about.
Dr. Heiser wants me to finish the month between Leesburg and Andalusia, and so I shall not be able to help you settle the
school problem. Do what you think best. We can raise the money if it seems wise as there is some in the custodian account.
Dr. Leach has been assigned to Dr. Ferrell for Duty in the United States and Dr. Barnes has been given a few additional months
study leave. Study leave is now on full pay as in line of duty.
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I expect to leave here by the 17th or 18th for Andalusia, so send my letters in care of Dr. Smillie, Andalusia, Alabama.
Send one soon!
We saw a colored movie in Albany as a farewell to Cumpston. I refer to a colored movie for whites. It was a desert picture
and the coloring was quite successful. It was probably a little more tiring to the eyes than a black and white picture, although
I do not see why it should be.
I shall have to dress now, or I shall not have an even break at the breakfast rush. I wish I were with you to help with the
travel and school problems, but on the whole things seem to be moving forward all right and there is nothing to worry about.
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[Written on reverse, seems to be a grocery or expense list.]