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cially considering that C. is not the right man for doing such a
thing.[7]
I just saw
once again how cowardly the majority really are and I fear you will hear “ifs and
buts” if you do lay on the carpet the issue of employing me as observer at the Pots-
dam institute. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I have seen enough disappointments in
this regard, and it would be painful for me to experience another one of this kind
again.
If I could obtain a teaching assignment, I would probably be allowed to continue
working undisturbed in Potsdam, and such a position would also be healthy for me
to the extent that I would be forced to think some material carefully through for the
lectures, something I am unable to get to now. What do you think of this?
I am staying here until the end of the week and am then driving to Ludwigshafen
to view some preliminary work on the electric ovens for spectroscopic
analysis,[8]
and then via Frankfurt-am-Main, where I am going to visit Dr.
Oppenheim,[9]
homewards. Letters can reach me at Dr. Oppenheim’s address.
I hope you and your stomach are doing
well.[10]
My
wife[11]
and I send you and your family our kind regards. Yours,
E. Freundlich.
106. To Erwin Freundlich
[Berlin,] 19 September
[1919][1]
Dear Mr. Freundlich,
I just received your letter from your
vacation.[2]
I am very sorry that you cannot
relax even during the summertime. First, as regards your
booklet,[3]
quite some cor-
rection is in fact necessary if gross misunderstandings are to be
avoided.[4]
I shall
be glad to talk everything over with you in conscientious detail upon your return.
If we are not able to agree on the points, there is no great harm done, either; in that
case, my brief foreword endorsing it would just have to be
omitted.[5]
Did Campbell happen to make any exposures at the time[?] Were these total
eclipses?[6]
I did not know anything about it. You are entirely right that getting you
a position in Potsdam should not be attempted for the present. The Gen. Th. of Rel.
must win acceptance among astronomers beforehand. But I have the feeling it
won’t be much longer now, unless completely unexpected things occur. The idea of
a teaching assignment at the university quite appeals to me too, but probably won’t
be easy to realize, either. I think I will check with Planck, though, as soon as he is
back.[7]
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