2 December 2004
EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to his first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, and his younger son, Eduard, n.p., 11 January 1928, 2 pages, 4°.
EINSTEIN'S PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THEIR IMPACT ON HIS PRIVATE LIFE. Einstein feels guilty about not writing or visiting more frequently: the real difficulty is that he cannot sustain his relationship with his eldest son Hans Albert and especially with his daughter-in-law ('You can tell how dreadful she is, from how quickly Albert has gone downhill'). A planned visit to stay with Einstein and his wife's family can only take place if Hans Albert comes without his wife. Einstein asks pardon for writing so infrequently: 'My life is stressful and full of responsibilities, so that private matters always get short measure'. He would like to do more for Eduard, however, and suggests he come to stay at Easter. A postscript addressed to Tete himself continues a philosophical discussion: 'Reason can only ever draw consequences from premises according to agreed rules. Reason cannot provide the premises themselves'.
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