D O C U M E N T 1 5 2 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 6 1 6 7 152. From Chaim Weizmann 77, Great Russell Street, London W.C.1., 6 January 1926 Dear Friend, I have a great favor to ask of you. The Keren Hayesod[1] has begun a major cam- paign in Stockholm, which has very good prospects. This is particularly important to us just now, since it is so difficult to raise funds in Central and Eastern Europe, and increasingly greater efforts are required to strengthen and further our work in Palestine. There is now a plan to hold a small gathering in Stockholm, between January 15th and 30th, at a private house (that of a certain Mr. Joseph Josephson),[2] when a number of non-Jewish friends of our cause who have already visited Palestine, such as Professor Boeoek, Sven Hedin,[3] and others, will be present. The hope is to raise £15,000 in cash with this event, and the request has been made that either you or I should come to Stockholm for the occasion, not of course to become personally involved in the fund-raising effort, but only to focus the attention of those present on the work for Palestine by making a speech. Now it is absolutely impossible for me to accept the invitation. A personal matter is keeping me in Lon- don at present, and I don’t know when I shall be free.[4] As soon as I am free, Amer- ica is calling and I may have to set out on the voyage to America without delay.[5] In these circumstances, I earnestly request you to go to Stockholm. You are the only person who can achieve the desired result. I know that such a trip is not easy for you, but I hope you will give me a positive answer, bearing in mind that I should not have approached you had I been able to go myself and save you the journey. With warm regards to you and your dear wife, your Ch. Weizmann Translators’ note: Based on translation from The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weitzmann, Vol. 12, Series A (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1977), pp. 459–460.
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