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Letter from Linus Pauling to George Kistiakowsky. April 25, 1942.
Pauling writes to convey his interest in traveling to Bruceton to work with Kistiakowsky as a consultant.

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April 25, 1942

RESTRICTED

Air Mail

Dr. G.B. Kistiakowsky

4800 Forbes Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dear George:

I am very much interested in the possibility mentioned in your letter of April 14 of my spending some time at Bruceton this summer in consultation with you and your collaborators about your problems. There is nothing that I would like to do better. I am still, however, not sure that I can arrange to come. I have planned to devote my full time this summer to the war researches that we are carrying on here. I am expecting to start intensive work on another project soon, and also our investigations on synthetic antibodies are to be greatly increased in magnitude in July, and they now have the sponsorship of the Committee on Medical Research.

Although I have expected that these activities would keep me busy this summer, it may be that I could get things going well enough to leave here by July 15 and spend a month or a little longer in Bruceton. I hope very much that this can be arranged.

If I were to come to Bruceton, I would be very glad to have Professor J.H. Sturdivant come with me, essentially to act as an aide to me. I rely very much on Dr. Sturdivant's good judgement and general critical ability. Do you think that it would be possible to give him an appointment also.

I hope that I shall see you in Washington next week. In fact, I expect that I shall have a chance to talk to you before you see this letter.

I might say, with respect to my health, that I believe I could carry on the work of consultant as described in your letter without difficulty. I am accustomed now to spend between four and six hours a day in the laboratory, then returning home to rest and to work alone, and I think that such a schedule would not be unsatisfactory at Bruceton. I think that it would be wise for me to put in part of my time thinking, rather that to spend the whole of it in talking and looking around.

Cordially yours,

Linus Pauling

LP:jr

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