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121. From Wilhelm Mayer-Kaufbeuren[1]
Paris, 28 March 1922.
[Not selected for translation.]
122. To Elsa Einstein
Wednesday morning. [Paris, 29 March
1922][1]
Dear Elsa,
The trip went very smoothly and proceeded according to schedule. In Liège,
where we had a 2-hour stopover, I sauntered around for hours with the man who
wanted to travel with me. At the French border Langevin and Nordmann were there
to pick me up (5 hours away from
Paris).[2]
That is touching hospitality! Arrived in
Paris, a police officer informed us in the train that a crowd of journalists was wait-
ing for me. But we crossed over countless prohibited tracks through a small exit out
of the train station and escaped completely unnoticed to my abode, a modest, nice
room on the 5th story of a building on Humboldt
Street.[3]
But all of you shouldn’t
write me here so that my hiding place remains undiscovered. The men didn’t find
my written interview practical; they are writing another. The business will go well,
all right. Besides these two men and the maid I haven’t seen anyone yet but am writ-
ing just after getting up. This letter costs 17 marks postage; in consideration of this
I’m not going to write very often; but I’m sending this first one off right away so
that all of you know that after arriving in Paris I still exist, happy and in good spirits.
Warm regards, yours,
Albert.
Be careful with Dr. M.: Love him but (otherwise) don’t let him get away with any-
thing.
123. To Elsa Einstein
Friday evening. [Paris, 31 March 1922]
Dear Else,
Today I gave my first lecture—my only one, as all the rest are
discussions.[1]
The
whole of next week is garnished with commitments. Life in this small apartment is
splendid. A friend of Langevin’s, Mr.
Malfitano,[2]
ceded it to me and is staying
with Langevin. I am being splendidly regaled, as never before in my entire life. A
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