1 8 8 D O C . 2 2 0 D E C E M B E R 1 9 1 9 particularly when it comes from the + = Berliners![7] And yet, we are (almost) all gentle as lambs and intimidated by our bad repute. If I were settled somewhere else, I too would naturally inveigh against the violent Berliners, or so I think, at least! If you and Mr. Wien had seen how “sheepishly” we struggled yesterday during the improvised board meeting with our baptism problem, then the slightest trace of a frown would have vanished from your and Mr. Wien’s brows.[8] Please ask Mr. Emden what I should do until I receive instructions from him, I shall provisionally keep his manuscript. With cordial regards, yours, Einstein. 220. From Robert W. Lawson The Physics Laboratory, The University, Sheffield. 18 December 1919 Dear Professor, Your letter of the 12th of l[ast] mo. pleased me exceedingly.[1] I thank you very heartily for that letter, which arrived today. I understand very well how difficult it will be to write an article about relativity of such brevity and I am happy that you have announced your intention to draft such an article,[2] which would definitely be very enthusiastically read over here. Once again, many thanks! I am glad that you heard from Eddington as well [3] and I do not doubt that not too long hence, scientific communications will work relatively easily. And then the possibility of a personal meeting will have drawn considerably closer![4] It is very nice of you to have given me your consent regarding the translation of your booklet and I will do my best to make the translation as faithful as possible to the original.[5] I am certain that very many copies could be sold over here, since everyone is interested in this topic right now. I am writing the Vieweg firm today re. the translation rights for the book and hope to hear from them soon. I do not doubt that your proposal re. the financial side of the affair will be easily obtainable.[6] After I receive word from Vieweg, I shall contact a publisher here and we can then discuss the details. I am deeply sorry that the living conditions over there and in Austria are so hard, for I saw enough of that to know what it all means.[7] The letters I recently received from Vienna are all quite dismal. The truth is finally forcing its way in this country and currently collections are being held at schools and everywhere else, particular- ly for the children of Vienna. It is to be hoped that foreign aid is not too late in com- ing. I also read that larger quantities of coal are being sent over there. I do my best toward having the grimmer sides of the past forgotten and toward creating the
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