Albert Einstein Tells Cyril Clemens He Consents to Having a Street Named After Him - But That's All

March 25, 1939

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Albert Einstein Tells Cyril Clemens He Consents to Having a Street Named After Him - But That's All
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      Here Einstein responds to Mark Twain’s third cousin once removed, concerning an honorary street, and a proposed speech. Yes, Einstein tells Cyril Clemens, the indefatigable promoter of his famous relative, he is willing to have a street “in your city” named after him, but no, he is unwilling to appear at “your dedication” or deliver the proposed address. His health, Einstein explains, no longer permits his participation in such occasions.



      Typed Letter Signed (“A. Einstein”), in German, 1 page, quarto, on his personal letterhead, 112 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey, March 25, 1939. To Cyril Clemens.
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       A. EINSTEIN,
      112, MERCER STREET
      PRINCETON,
      NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.

      March 25, 1939

      Mr. Cyril Clemens
      President International Mark Twain Soc'y
      Webster Groves,Missouri [sic]

      Dear Mr. Clemens:

      I thank you kindly for wanting to name a street in your city after me and gladly give my consent. I also thank you for your friendly birthday wishes.

      I deeply regret that I do not have the time to make an appearance at your dedication and to deliver the proposed address. Unfortunately my poor health no longer permits me to participate in such and similar occasions.

      With friendly greetings 

      Your

      A. EINSTEIN.