1 3 8 D O C S . 1 6 4 , 1 6 5 N O V E M B E R 1 9 1 9 content of this brochure and deem a dissemination of the same as undesirable and harmful, I place great importance on informing you how it came into existence.[4] The signatories and a few other persons came together to work toward educating and reconciling people here by making the wartime incidents known. While Miss Rotten[5] and I were in Switzerland, a few members of our commission compiled this brochure, with good intentions, but unfortunately with little professional ex- pertise, and—without first showing the same to us—submitted it to the press and already sent out a few copies. I can probably spare myself criticism of the content the brochure’s deficiencies are all too obvious. As soon as we caught wind of the matter, we obstructed further distribution with the intention of having a better bro- chure on the Lille incidents appear as soon as possible. I entreat you please to keep the copy you have to yourself or to destroy it, and to make every effort to assure that this fatal incident inflicts no harm. In the hope that we shall soon be in a position to eradicate this ugly disgrace, I am, with amicable greetings, yours very truly. 164. From Hendrik A. Lorentz Leyden, [14 November 1919] At Royal and Astronomical Society also confirmation of [solar-limb] distance law.[1] Tag text: “Forwarded by mail because of interruption in telegraph communications.” 165. To Hendrik A. Lorentz [Berlin,] 15 November 1919 Highly esteemed Mr. Lorentz, Your telegram again pleased me deeply even though I was already informed about the content.[1] For it is proof that you are partial to me, which means more to me than all the experimental verifications in the world. The day I was allowed to spend with you in Haarlem was one of the nicest of my life.[2] You yourself must sense that my fondness and admiration for you comes from deep down. I wrote to Mr. van Beek en Donc.[3] Let’s hope my associates’ ineptness won’t cause any more harm.Your information about the result of the calculation regarding
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