Down Cthulhu, The Occult Wars
From: Dr. Sir Richard Rathbone, University College London
I write to you with great consternation and in emergency concerning a matter of a personal nature. To get to the point, like gentlemen, I am in sudden need of partial funding for an expedition into the jungles of British Hondurus. Miskatonic University will be providing much of the funding, and I will provide much of my own equipment of course. You are fully aware of my studies at Miskatonic for a semester while enrolled at Cambridge, mosly under Professor Wilkerson. As you know, I was also taken under the wing of Professor Hughes there and though we had a falling out I have nothing but respect for the man professionally and love personally. It is the sake and perhaps life of he and his daughter for which I engage upon this undertaking and request your assistance.
Hughes foolishly took his innocent daughter into the jungles with him on a search for lost Mayan ruins, whether a temple or city I am not certain. Neither has been seen or heard from again. I have been asked directly by Wilkerson, and affirmed by Miskatonic, to lead the search parry in hopes they remain alive. It is for this that I request funding on regrettably short notice. I only received the letter from Wilkerson this morning. I wish to leave in 2 weeks at the absolute most, 1 if in any way possible. For NY first then on to Belize.
know of a staunch allie currently in Belize to whom I have already arranged a parcel sent. He will begin to make what preparations he can before my arrival. I know little about details, and likely won’t until I am in the field. Therefore any time frames, and monitary amounts derived from such, which I can supply are only guesses at this point.
I request funding for any and all of the following which Miskatonic does not cover:
1) rations for approximately 30 for 1 month
2) camp gear: 2 Outfits, 2 ten man tents, 6 two man tents
3) supplemental canned food for 2 weeks for up to 12
4) half of the film for the photographer, the other half I will supply myself
5) up to 12 bearers/diggers
6) up to 14 mules, if necessary
7) 6 sets of fishing tackle
8)wage for the photographer, if required (I have a man already in mind)
9) wages for 10 guards
10) wage for expedition doctor, if required
I do not ask for this assistance in return for nothing, of course. I will, on the museum’s behalf, make the most favorable deal possible with Miskatonic concerning the sharing of artifacts recovered, if any. All photographs from the half of the film funded by the museum will be the sole property of the British Museum for the photographic collection.
There is also a public relations aspect to this undertaking, for the museum. Imagine the press over an American University having to call upon a servent of the British Museum and the Queen to go treking into the jungles in search of their lost professor.
I would not ask this of you so suddenly if it were not a matter so close to me. I have evidence that there may be dangerous times in store for me in Hondurus (the nature of which I trust, knowing me as well as you do, you will not press me for).
Please forward reply to my office at University College London
Your ever faithful friend and colleague,