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1948 Albert Einstein TLS (Committee of Atomic Scientists Letterhead, Referencing "Efforts For Peace")
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,350.00
Please Note: The original catalog description for this lot is inaccurate. The original description implied that the letter was entirely glued down to the page. Instead it is "tipped in"; affixed to the page only along the top border. As such, the letter can most likely be easily detached from the scrapbook page if so desired.
One-page typed letter, dated July 22, 1948, signed by Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein wrote this letter, addressed to noted architect William Adams Delano, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. Although his letter is brief, it is an extraordinary Einstein letter in that it is written on official Committee stationery and makes specific note of the Committee's "efforts for peace." The letter reads in full: "Dear Mr. Delano: On behalf of all the members of this Committee I send you sincere thanks for your generous gift. It is the support of men and women like yourself that makes possible our efforts for peace. We must realize that now, more than ever, the responsibility for insisting on a peaceful solution of the grave international crisis rests with thoughtful citizens in this nation and abroad. My colleagues and I welcome your cooperation in our campaign of education to this end. Faithfully yours, A. Einstein [signed]." Einstein's signature has been penned in black ink and grades "10." Albert Einstein and Leo Sziard founded The Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists in 1946. The committee's goal was to educate the public on the dangers of nuclear weapons and to promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Toward that end, members traveled and gave lectures to promote their goals. The committee eventually disbanded in 1950, but the members continued to work individually towards the Committee's original goals. William Delano, the recipient of this letter, was one of America's foremost architects and a partner in the prestigious New York firm of Delano & Aldrich. This letter was saved by Delano in one of his personal scrapbooks, and remains affixed to its original album page. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and a staple hole in the upper left corner. It is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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