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Letter from G.N. Lewis to Linus Pauling. July 18, 1935.
Lewis writes in endorsement of Pauling's idea that he make a trip to Berkeley to deliver a series of lectures. Pauling responds with scheduling information and a note that he need not necessarily be paid for these lectures.





July 18, 1935

Professor Linus Pauling

Department of Chemistry

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

My dear Pauling:

We are delighted with the idea of your visiting us and lecturing on your new ideas. Our work of instruction begins on August 26 and we are going to have more difficulty than usual in organizing our courses because our laboratories are too small to hold the number of prospective students and we must resort to some fair method of elimination. If, therefore, you were going to stay over for a part or the whole of the next week, it might be better to give the five lectures in the second week, or divide them between the two weeks, but if you are only going to be here the week of August 26, we shall let other things drop and come in to hear you.

It has been a matter of great regret to all of us that the University became too poor to support our visiting lecturers, and departmental funds are still as inadequate as ever, but we have a small gift of which the University, as such, is unaware, and from this we should like to make you a payment of $100 so that we could feel that we were at least paying your traveling and living expenses while you are here.

With kindest regards to Mrs. Pauling and yourself, and pleasant anticipation of your visit, I am

Yours very sincerely,

G N. Lewis

[LP's handwritten reply annotated on same document]

Dear Prof. Lewis:

I am very glad that you are willing for me to give some lectures in Berkeley. In suggesting this, I had not intended to receive payment; and if the lectures are given the week of August 26th I shall not accept the payment of $100 which you mention. If, however, it seems worthwhile to you to schedule some or all of the lectures for the following week, I shall extend my visit over this period and accept the payment. My wife and I are happy at the prospect of seeing you and Berkeley again.

Sincerely yours,


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