The Comité d’Etudes du Haut-Congo
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J. Greindl started by taking soundings of a number of companies and individuals, and in August he met Stanley in Paris, where the latter was, with very mixed feelings, enjoying a much warmer reception than he had been accorded in Britain. The two men studied Stanley's plans in detail and tried to cost them accurately. Stanley was invited to be present, and found himself among 'various persons of more or less note in the commercial and monetary world, from England, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland'. He was subjected to a variety of questions about the river, the produce of the region, following which it was resolved that a fund should be subscribed to obtain accurate information; the subscribers to the fund assuming the name and title of Comite d'Etudes du Haut-Congo. At the beginning of January 1879, therefore, Stanley submitted to the Comite his estimates of expenses for the first six months of his expedition, and these were duly approved.