Letter from Joseph Needham to the Chargé d'Affaires at the London Chinese Embassy, floating the idea of forming SACU.

7 Jun 64

My Dear Dr Hsiung Hsiang-Hui:

Please let us thank you for an extremely pleasant dinner, and the opportunity of a good talk last Thursday evening. I believe that everything is now well arranged and we are all ready to start for China on or about 1 July.

I am glad to be able to tell you that an important meeting of the Cambridge branch of the B.C.F.A. was held on Friday evening, at which a number of representatives of other branches were present. The feeling was unanimously in favour of a more forward policy for the organisation, and various steps towards the metamorphosis into a new organisation were resolved, upon, though I think that no decisive change is likely to occur before my return in October next. In this connection I am sending you herewith a copy of the speech which I made at the Annual General Meeting last month. I hoped that my policy could keep the organisation together, but it looks now as if neither side wants this.

I mentioned at the Cambridge meeting the matter of the English linguists, and we are having some statements duplicated for discreet distribution. In the meantime I also enclose herewith a little list of names of people who have corresponded with me about the possibility of work in China during the past two or three years. I think all of them could be contacted and considered.

Before the end of this month you said you would like another talk, I can arrange to come almost any day, but I should like to have a few days? notice beforehand.

With warmest regards,
Yours sincerely,
Joseph Needham

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