September 11, 1939
Dr. Leslie E. Sutton
1, Eastchurch, Iffley
This time it seems that you have real reason for being upset, and I trust
now that the long-feared war is upon us you will find the actuality to be not so bad
as the anticipation. I am glad to learn that Catharine and the children are in the
country, and I think that it would be good for them to go to stay with your people,
or perhaps, if the situation looks bad enough, for them to come to the United States.
I hope that you will write to me, telling me what the situation is for you and for
Hampson, Springall, and our other English friends.
The feeling in America is uniformly that of sympathy for England in her inability
to stand for Hitlerism any longer, and I hope that the democracies will line up together
strong enough to put an end to the situation soon.
We have been living on our small-holding for about six months now, and are
happy to be there. The laboratory is working well, with considerable emphasis on the
crystal structure of amino acids and related substances and on the properties of proteins.
We have no European fellows here this year.
Wishing you the best of luck, I am