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Letter from Linus Pauling to Leslie Sutton. September 11, 1939.
Pauling writes to express his sympathy for Sutton "now that the long-feared war is upon us," and to convey his hope that the world's democracies will unite and put a quick end to Hitler's advances.


September 11, 1939

Dr. Leslie E. Sutton

1, Eastchurch, Iffley



Dear Leslie:

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

Sincerely yours,


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