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I therefore take the liberty herewith of requesting your presence with your wife
Thursday, the 30th inst. at 8 oÊclock 30 [min.] at the Landeshaus.
In hope of being allowed to welcome you then as my guests, I remain in great
respect, yours very truly,
157. To Maurice Solovine
Berlin, 25 June 1921
I already received the first letter in
but answering it was out of the
question. I was so terribly stressed during this tour that I gave all my lectures ad lib.
So none of them can be published, either. The only one that I had promised could
be printed are the lectures in Princeton. I shall be glad to leave its translation into
French to you, although the science in it is p[artly] technical, therefore not entirely
comprehensible to you. I know enough French to set the translation right together
with you. But first I, poor me, have to write the thing and don’t even know whether
I’m lazy or just tired.
Mr. Fabre had received a letter from me and also from one of my
had flamboyantly quoted very liberally from a letter of mine with additions and
omissions of individual sentences from a letter of mine, as it suited his urge for
courtesy. Using these letters he on his own brewed up a foreword and printed it
under my name. Irrespective of the fact that I absolutely do not agree with some
things in the foreword, I cannot allow such proceedings to go unpunished, if only
for the sake of integrity. The statement in the Naturwissenschaften (Springer Pub-
lishers) reads as follows:
Letters to the Editors.
Mr. Lucien Fabre has published a book, Les théories dÊEinstein, with Payot in
Paris. I declare that I wrote no foreword to the book and protest against this abuse
of my name. I draw your attention to this protest in the hope that through your jour-
nal it will reach the public at large and particularly also foreign periodicals.
Whether you with your friends should do anything else I cannot judge. Truth has
been adequately dealt with and everyone has a right to scold, even if the French
Revolution forgot to proclaim it explicitly.
I enclose for you two visiting cards; one is to Mr. Untermyer with spouse, the
most famous lawyer in New York and newly elected president of the Zionist