April 26, 1939
Professor A.R. Todd
The University of Manchester
After we had decided definitely to come to Europe this summer, the political
situation made such progress in the wrong direction that we have decided to remain
undecided for a while. Perhaps Hitler's address scheduled for day after tomorrow will
be sufficiently significant in one way or the other to make up our minds for us. If
we do come, we shall arrive in England early in July, and we are looking forward to
seeing you and Alison.
We moved into our new house on March 10, Linus' birthday, and, although we
are not yet settled there, we have been very happy. The children enjoy especially
the freedom of life in the country, and they seem to be happier than ever before.
I have been very pleased to have a pleasant study in which to work, as well as to
admire the views, and I have spent more time at home than formerly. Ava Helen and
I are driving up to Deep Springs and to Berkeley over the weekend, starting tomorrow.
It has been a year and a half since I have gone to Berkeley, and I am looking forward
to seeing what G.N. Lewis's men have under way.
I wish to thank you for your words about Zechmeister. I understand that he
is troubled by the political situation in Hungary, and has been considering the question
of leaving the country. We have not made any definite decision regarding another appointment
in organic chemistry here.
Niemann seems to be getting along very well--he has done a fine job in outfitting
the laboratory this year. No matter what addition to the staff is made, Niemann will
retain complete freedom for carrying on his own work, as you advised.
With best regards, I am