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Letter from Linus Pauling to Paul Emmett. February 25, 1946.
Pauling writes that, given the conclusion of his various war-based research projects, he'll not likely be traveling to Pittsburgh in the near future. Pauling also briefly discusses family news, noting that Linus Jr. is still on active duty in the U.S. Army. He likewise mentions that he was misquoted on the atomic bomb matter, stating that he was never involved in the bomb project and therefore could only make assumptions.

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February 25, 1946

Dr. Paul H. Emmett

115 Yorkshire Road

Pittsburgh

Dear Paul:

I was pleased to receive your letter, which came while I was on my trip East. I did not plan to stop in Pittsburgh, and, now that my work with the Explosives Division of the NDRC is over, and that they have closed up the Central Explosives laboratory at Bruceton, it is unlikely that I shall be stopping there in the near future. I was sorry to find you away from town the only times when I came through and tried to get in touch with you.

I am very glad that your work is getting along well. I hope that you will be making a western trip some time, and will stop in to see us.

We are all well. Young Linus is still in the Army - he is on a transport, going back and forth across the Atlantic, and he has even made one trip to India. He should be out of the Army before very long. Peter is in the junior year of high school, and is getting along well - he is the President of his class at Pasadena Junior College.

I was, as you might suspect, misquoted on the atomic bomb matter - some rough estimates that I was making got misinterpreted by the press representative, and spread all over the country. The General didn't think that it was very funny. You probably know that I have never had any connection with the atomic bomb project - I am just an outsider, relatively free to make guesses.

With best regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling

LP:gw

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