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Letter from Thomas B. Whitson, Edinburgh to Patrick Geddes

Relates to finance of unspecified scheme of Patrick Geddes. He thinks Geddes is wrong to hint to Mr. Roxburgh at subscribing to the 'Ramsay Lane syndicate' and mentions dealings with Mrs. Whyte, Stevenson and Lord McLaren.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, Edinburgh

Expresses his appreciation for the ‘Masque of Learning’, mentions its educational value and great public and financial success. Thanks Patrick Geddes, Anna Geddes and the members of the Outlook Tower who organised it. Informs Geddes that many former residents of the University Hall have sent letters of appreciation to be read at the Hall Dinner.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, Edinburgh

Reminds Patrick Geddes of the proposal that Professor Cunningham should become a Director for the Town and Gown Association. Gives a positive account on the number of residents staying at the Halls. Confirms promotional booklets are being sent to students who have entered Preliminary Examinations. Discusses the extent to which Lister House, Ramsay Lodge, Blackie House and St. Giles are being booked. Mentions the Venture at Musselburgh has not been successful that year. Mentions Dr. Gibson, Mr. Caird, professor Alexander Crum Brown, Lorne Campbell, Professor Martin and Professor McEwan.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter and enclosure from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, chartered accountants, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, London

  1. Writes concerning the repayment of a loan to Henry Beveridge by the Town and Gown Association and encloses a copy of a letter from Ross and Connell dated the 8th of November [extant]. Suggests the only way forward is either the voluntary liquidation of the Town and Gown Association or dividing the shares of the Association.

  2. Enclosed copy letter from Ross and Connell, to Whitson and Methuen, 8 November 1910.
    Acknowledge receipt of Whitson and Methuen’s letter of the 7th of November. Reassert Henry Beveridge’s position and call for the repayment of the loan and the incurred interest. If the Town and Gown Association cannot repay the loan, then Henry Beveridge will place the Association in liquidation.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, London

Acknowledges receipt of Patrick Geddes’ letter. Discusses the possible liquidation of the Town and Gown Association in the event the debt to Henry Beveridge cannot be repaid, his skepticism regarding the benefits of a meeting between the Town and Gown Association and the University and City Association and the difficulty of selling the Lawnmarket property. Mentions John Ross of Ross and Connell.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, chartered accountants, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, University College, Dundee

Acknowledges receipt of Patrick Geddes’ two letters. Discusses the urgency of having all Directors of the Town and Gown Association sign an official document. Tells Geddes that unless they find other lenders or secure a new loan with the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, the Town and Gown Association faces great difficulties. Mentions Miss Forbes, Andrew John Herbertson, McCandlish, and Mr. Page.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, chartered accountants, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, University College, Dundee

Advises Patrick Geddes to find someone to take over Henry Beveridge’s liability in order to secure the loan from the bank. Mentions Professor Alexander Crum Brown, John Ross, and Henry Beveridge.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, chartered accountants, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes, University College, Dundee

Acknowledges receipt of Patrick Geddes’ two letters, one from Bombay and the other from P.& O. ship and dated 25 April. Informs Geddes that Ramsay Lodge had been taken as a school for young officers, bringing in a constant monthly income. Discusses the University Halls accounts and is overall more hopeful regarding the financial situation of the Town and Gown Association.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas Barnby Whitson, Whitson and Methuen, chartered accountants, Edinburgh, to Miss Ritchie, Outlook Tower, Edinburgh

Suggests Miss Ritchie should start preparations for the British Association’s visit to Edinburgh in September 1921. Attaches a newspaper cutting [extant] relating to preparations for the British Association’s visit.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

Letter from Thomas B. Whitson, Edinburgh to Professor Geddes, Outlook Tower

Asks for a clear statement from Geddes on his financial commitments to the Outlook Tower to assist in the appeal for help for the Outlook Tower. Mentions the 'cordial approval' of Stanley Hall and suggests that the intellectual support he could command would help. Typescript.

Whitson, Thomas Barnby, 1869-1948, chartered accountant

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