D O C . 2 5 0 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 0 2 0 9 Just today I received a reply from Vieweg. So I will contact the English publish- ers directly and try to obtain the most favorable conditions possible. I would like the price of the book to be as low as possible and am convinced that it will then have much more success also in the financial sense. Translations are naturally somewhat more expensive than books in the original. I’d like the price not to ex- ceed 5 shillings under any circumstances.[6] As I was recently told, most publishers grant c. 15% of the sales price—that would be roughly 9 pence per sold copy. 15% of a fin. price of 4 shillings (a price that I would very much like to see) would correspond to a little more than 7 pence. Apart from the 4 pence that you suggested for yourself, the Vieweg firm claims 3 pence per copy sold we are therefore per- haps going to have to make a small adjustment in the shares after consultation with the local publisher. For now, however, I shall contact the publishers and then write you more. I would always appreciate any suggestions you might have. During this vacation I unforunately could only do little work. The next trimester will be a very exhausting one nevertheless, I still hope to see the book in the edi- tor’s hands before Easter and will do my best to manage this as well. With cordial regards, I remain yours very truly, Robert W. Lawson. 250. From Georg Count von Arco Tempelhof, Berlin, 49/50 Albrecht St., 9 January 1920 Esteemed Professor, As far as I may permit myself to judge, your conception of the world agrees with the one that is advocated by the Monist League.[1] Through the vice-chairman of the Monist League, Mr. Riess, Hamburg,[2] I am asked to inquire of you whether you would be prepared to assume chairmanship of a commission of the Monist League that is called the “International Commission” and has the task of reopening contacts with similarly freethinking endeavors out- side the country.[3] It is probably known to you as well that, regrettably, at the out- break of war, the Monist League’s leaders, Haeckel and Oswald, failed totally and that consequently international relations that had existed before the war between this commission and corresponding foreign organizations were lost. In the mean- time, under the pressure of external circumstances the composition of the general governing body of the Monist League has changed so dramatically that the major- ity of the same is internationally minded and the contrary streams are completely quenched. In this regard there is hence no cause for concern.[4]
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