D O C . 2 3 0 D E C E M B E R 1 9 1 9 1 9 5 me exceedingly with a positive reply it would be the finest thing I could imagine for physics in this country. With cordial greetings, devotedly yours, H. A. Lorentz. 230. From Carl Seelig Zurich, 18 Sternen Street, 21 December 1919 My esteemed Professor, From the papers I learned with deep pleasure that you are closely aligned with the “Clarté” movement, and since I myself, as a friend of Barbusse’s, am one of this association’s earliest members and, in particular, am actively involved with it in Switzerland, I take the liberty of imposing on you with a big request: I am editor of an initially limited edition of a collection, “The Twelve Books,” which, with the collaboration of most of the prominent international minds, pro- poses to unite spiritually all people of noble thinking. Thus the following unpub- lished works, among others, are appearing: Romain Rolland: “The Time Will Come” (play) Hermann Hesse: Novellas and essays Stefan Zweig: Voyages Barbusse: First novellas Duhamel: “The Light” Tagore: Unpublished works Hauptmann: “The Renegade Czar” Max Picard: “The Life of van Googh” van Eeden: “The Town of Light” “The Twelve Books” do not intend to be exclusively literary. On the contrary, they should be a rich picture of modern intellectual work: a retrospective on the past, a mirror of the present, and a bright glimpse into the future. That is why it would thoroughly please not only me but also my friends Bar- busse, Rolland, etc., in whose names I approach you, if you, as one of the finest men of our time, would contribute a work of your own free choice to our collection. The same should have an approximate length of 6–9 printers sheets. (15 pages = 1 sheet 480 syllables = 1 page.) I offer you for these 1000 copies the highest honorarium: 2000 marks subse- quent editions (as with the works by Rolland, Barbusse, etc.) will appear as an in- expensive “popular edition,” for each new edition of which you would receive a considerable honorarium.