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Alexander, Gross W., May 6, 1948

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Gross W. Alexander Secretary

903 E. Citrus Ave. Redlands, Calif., May 6, 1948.

Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists 118 Nassau St., Princeton, New Jersey.


Inclosed is my small donation of $1.00 toward your important work.

Also inclosed is a bulletin I sent to every delegate and alternate delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Church, now in session at Boston.

I am writing this letter in the hope that you will be able and willing to assist me in the publication of another bulletin, the same to be sent to every individual member of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States, with covering letter. Also to be sent to all members of the Executive Council of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, to various editors, bishops, connectional officers of several of the major denominations. Perhaps a number of others.

The circularization of the Methodist General Conference delegates, as and when it took place, cost me personally about $550.00. It pretty nearly cost me my life. As I view the world situation, no one who believes in peace, not to say in One God and practical human brotherhood, can value either his property or his life of much value in comparison with the values at stake for humanity.

I am now much improved, physically, and ready to undertake the new project. While I repeat the first enterprise was performed in physical agony and at relatively enormous expense, I am sufficiently well to do as indicated, but not financially capable of underwriting the expense.

The new bulletin I propose would contain what the old one contains, plus some additional dynamic matter, EXCEPT that I do not at present plan to include my own "Open Letter to the Methodist General Conference". I have some pertinent material which would be very much to the point, including documents.

Now I can readily perceive that, in spite of what you can term in such extremely potent phrases as, "the supreme test" of "civilization", you might have someone so prudish as to think inappropriate the subsidizing of an unknown individual in such project. While big names are good to conjure with, manifestly, it is possible that at times the voice of an individual who gives expression to the inarticulate masses is worth hearing, and makes himself heard. I can do this, but not without money.

If you will not grant me a subsidy of, say, $500, from your Committee's funds, I appeal to you to approach some person to whom I may write whose name and address you may give for the purpose. A Pasadena banker will handle every cent of money so that I shall be free from any possible question of misappropriation of funds, the name being L. Crew, First Trust & Savings Bank, 2563 E. Colorado St., Pasadena 8, Calif. (Inclosed is copy of an obviously unsolicited letter from Bishop McConnell, which may serve to introduce me as not seeking my own advantage.) Sincerely, Gross W. Alexander Minister Incl. (3) Also TWC Vol VII, Nos. 5, 6.

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