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
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