2 8 6 D O C U M E N T 3 6 1 S E P T E M B E R 1 9 2 2 of the German situation, which depends on many things, of course. The choice might thus be easier, as the person would only be going to listen in and make reports. Do you think that Brinkmann might perhaps come into consideration? I think he could do a good job of it. Best regards, dear Mr. Einstein, and again, proper thanks! And I hope you are not cross about this letter of mine—am I not right? M. Wertheimer P.S. When are you departing? Couldn’t I perhaps still speak with you in Berlin in October? 361. To Swiss Embassy, Berlin Berlin, 18 September 1922 Highly esteemed Sir, I permit myself to approach you today with the following request: At the end of this mo. I shall be embarking on a voyage to Japan, China, the Dutch Indies, and Spain, to follow invitations to some universities in these countries. My wife accom- panies me. As holders of Swiss passports, we are required to pay the fees normally charged to the Swiss for all visas. As these fees are extremely high for me as an earner inside Germany, the passport office of the Foreign Office kindly issued my exit visas free of charge in various instances last year. It was pointed out to me, however, that this procedure involved quite a lot of trouble each time and that it would be immediately eliminated if I owned a diplomatic passport. That is why I am so bold as to petition you, highly esteemed Sir, to kindly issue a diplomatic passport for me and my wife. I would be most particularly grateful to you for satisfying this wish, as this would mean not just major monetary savings but a great simplification of my voyage as well. Much looking forward to your val- ued response, perhaps by telephone (Nollendorf 2807), I ask you please to forgive me for this trouble. In utmost respect, yours truly.