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60. To Hans Albert and Eduard Einstein
[Berlin,] 13 June 1919
My dear Albert,
Yesterday I received your dear and detailed letter. I’m writing a quick reply be-
cause there isn’t much time left anymore, as I am thinking of being in Zurich on
July 1st
already.[1]
This time I’m coming alone and will stay at the Sternwarte
boarding house
again.[2]
I hope I don’t forget to bring along the photographic plates
on which your childhood is immortalized! I’m very much looking forward to our
reunion. The doctor won’t let me go on an actual hiking tour, because he thinks that
I wouldn’t get the right food
then.[3]
But we can find lodgings somewhere at high
altitude where there are nice walks (or somewhere where we can sail). The begin-
ning of August is a possibility because my lecture courses will just be finished then.
My mother unfortunately is lying mortally ill in Lucerne. She is sure to die 〈next〉
within a year and is suffering
dreadfully.[4]
So I’ll naturally have to be there fre-
quently. Your question about the sail is not as simple as you imagine. I’ll tell you
about it and about many other things when we are together. I find your remark
about Heller’s compositions very
funny.[5]
Tell Mama she should budget because I
won’t be able to send the money so punctually in
July.[6]
The exchange rate is now
causing serious
difficulties.[7]
It’s good that I’m getting something for my lectures
in Zurich, little as it
is.[8]
Healthwise I’m doing well, because I’m being very well
cared for. But I always have to live according to a strict diet and can’t take on too
much physically. I liked your detailed information about school. I also had little in-
clination for history; I do think, though, that it has more to do with the method of
instruction than the subject itself. What people were doing in former times certain-
ly is very interesting, isn’t
it?[9]
Perhaps we could take Tete along too, as I’m not allowed to march about much
anyway. But let’s not go to Rheinfelden, because that wouldn’t be relaxing for me
at
all[10]
and I’m not going anywhere else to relax this year.
Affectionate greetings also to Tete from your
Papa
Kind regards to Mama.
Dear Tete,
Your letter made me very happy. It really does contain all that is truly important.
I’m very glad that we’ll be seeing each other soon in Zurich. As soon as I arrive,
I’ll telephone you all immediately.
A kiss from your
Papa.
I wish you a very happy
birthday.[11]
You can tell me what you want, then we can
choose something together.
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