Sticking to the Rules: Rule 4
Upon adoption by the Committee on Science and the Arts of a report setting forth that an invention or improvement is worthy of an award of the premium and medal, publication shall be made three times in the Journal of The Franklin Institute, stating that at the expiration of three months from the date of the first publication, the Committee on Science and the Arts will recommend to the Committee on Minor Trusts of the Board of the City of Trusts, the award of the said premium and medal to the inventor, unless within that time satisfactory evidence shall have been submitted to the Committee on Science and the Arts of the want of originality of the supposed invention and improvement. In case no such objections to the final award of the premium and medal shall have been made, the Secretary shall certify the recommendation of the award to the Committee on Minor Trusts of the Board of City Trusts.
Above left: a letter from the Assistant to the Secretary of the Institute, informing Sperry of his recommendation for receipt of the John Scott Medal, and also of the requisite three month trial period of publication in the Institute's Journal. Above right: Sperry's response, in which he praises The Franklin Institute and pledges to "cooperate with the Institute in any way in which I can be of service."