March 2, 1948
Dr. Stanley M. Swingle
Fisikalisk Kemiske Institutet
I was pleased to get your letter, and to learn that it is you who was responsible
for the smooth passage that we had across the Atlantic. We were indeed fortunate to
have got across with so little inconvenience. Dave Shoemaker said that you had not
had such good luck.
We saw Professor Tiselius in London a couple of days ago. He said that the Claessons
had returned, and seemed to be well satisfied with their American experiences.
As to your possible collaboration with the Hollige Company on the manufacture of an
elecrophoresis apparatus, I would say that there is no ruling at Cal. Tech. that would
interfere with this collaboration, so long as it involves a minor amount of your time,
and also does not involve your turning any inventions over to the company made under
Cal. Tech. employment. If this question is involved, then it would, I think, be desirable
to have the Patents Committee check up on the matter. My own recommendation to you
would be not to get mixed up with the company unless the financial arrangement is
a really satisfactory one to you.
I am interested to learn that you like it in Sweden. My wife and I were very pleased
with the place last summer, and we had originally planned to go back for a visit next
summer, that is, this August. However, we have now decided not to do so much travelling,
and accordingly shall not visit the Scandinavian countries at this time. You mention
that you are considering getting a job in Sweden for the winter of '48-49, but I judge
from the context that you mean the winter of '49-50. I shall be glad to learn how
your plans develop.
We are all getting along very well in England. Of course England is on much stricter
rations that Sweden, and the supplies of food, clothing, and other materials are rather
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Meager, compared with Swedish standards. There is, however, very little complaint.
Moreover, I have not noticed anything similar to the attitude that you have discovered
in the British in Sweden, namely their taking offense at anything that suggests that
America is better off than England. Perhaps the Britishers who travel to Sweden are
a selected lot, and not a random sample.
With best regards to Mrs. Swingle, I am