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I can hardly start the associated experimental research in a penniless and disrupt-
But all that will be straightened out.
In assuring you of my admiration, both intellectual and moral, I am, in friend-
Jean Perrin
Professor of Physical Chemistry, Sorbonne, Paris
I am sending you these two publications. Please excuse the scribblings found on
the second; I did not have any others left.
97. To Hedwig Born
[Berlin,] Sunday. [31 August 1919]
Dear Mrs. Born,
I have a completely miserable conscience toward both of you, quite particularly
you, because I so rarely get down to writing. So that I don’t forget, first of all, I shall
be glad to try to wangle funds from the K.W. Institute for your husband, if it’s pos-
sible—when we have something to give out
I will certainly look you up
one day soon in your cozy
if you aren’t already putting up some other un-
welcome guest, just wait and see! The guess about Oppenheim is wrong; my Acad-
emy pay is connected not with his purse but with Mr. Koppel’s. I didn’t know at all
that your husband’s chair is endowed by O., I only know about the observatory over
The relations between Oppenheim (junior) (I saw senior only one time)
and us is of a purely private nature and is connected with the junior Mr. O.’s philo-
There is just one problem, in that I promised to stay not
only with you but also with Mr. O., Junior, when I do come to Frankfurt; the solu-
tion to that is beyond my competence—it will solve itself somehow. That’s not
nearly as malicious as Althoff’s retort to someone to whom he had promised a pro-
fessorship but appointed someone else. He cheerfully and brashly said: “Well, do
you really think you were the only one I had promised the professorship

Yesterday Stern was visiting me. He’s enthusiastic about Frankfurt and the
I rather liked “Crime and Crime,” although Strindberg’s “A Dream
Play” was incomparably
Mr. Bieberbach’s love and esteem for himself and his muse was
May God preserve him, for there’s no better way to live. In the old days, when peo-
ple lived their lives in greater isolation, such originals among the univ. professors
were virtually the rule, because they never dealt personally with anyone who was
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