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much with your legs, d[ear] Mother. Even so, it is better to have nerve pain than
something else because there’s nothing deep-rooted about
it.[7]
Another 50 marks
will be sent to Marie
D.;[8]
it would have already happened if my female kin hadn’t
forgotten. Now I have to go and the letter shouldn’t wait any longer. Affectionate
greetings to you all, yours,
Albert.
Regards to Uncle
Jakob.[9]
18. From Max von Laue
Würzburg, 40 Mergentheimer St., 7 April 1919
Dear Einstein,
Today all sorts of general
strikes[1]
are starting here and heaven only knows
when and how you will get this letter. I still want to write it immediately, though,
in order to be of service, as far as I can, in this matter.
You have probably already received Dr. Seemann’s letter, in which he applies for
a stipend to permit him to conduct scientific research at leisure for the next few
years.[2]
I would like to recommend this application most warmly. In the years
that I have now been here in Würzburg, I came to know Seemann sufficiently well
to be able to mention with a clear conscience his experimental skill (which is re-
vealed specifically in his construction of new apparatus and experimental setups),
his avid enthusiasm, and his very great diligence. As long as German science has
any means of giving such a man financial security, it absolutely must do so, the
more so since his hearing impairment bars him from a large number of other ave-
nues. His whole way of life shows that there need be no fear of his using the stipend
for any wasteful disbursements whatsoever.
From the conversation that Dr. Seemann and I had about this issue, I would also
like to mention that he has a monthly interest income of 150 marks from private
means; and that it is important to him to receive the stipend for as long a period as
possible so that during the research he is now planning he does not always have to
keep an eye out for some other occupation. A fixed stipend for one or two years
would be of little use to him.
I would naturally be very happy to give you more information about Seemann
and can perhaps soon give it to you in person. Yet, who knows what will happen in
4 weeks!
With cordial regards, yours,
M. Laue.
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