EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph Letter Signed. [Berlin]: 9. IX [September] 1924.
Autograph letter signed ("A. Einstein"), to Mr. Zeisler. One quarto page (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 217 mm). Manuscript letter on recto, verso blank. With one horizontal center crease and one vertical center crease as expected in a letter. A few other light creases. Some minor chipping along edges. A closed split along horizontal crease, not affecting manuscript. Overall very good.
This letter with text in German is addressed to "Herr Dr. Zeisler" (Sigmund Zeisler), an German-Jewish U.S. attorney, born in Austria. He was known for his defense of radicals in Chicago in the 1880s, also known as the Haymarket Affair. His wife was the famous concert pianist Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler. Some unproven sources have said that Zeisler was Einstein's lawyer, but regardless it is known that he and Einstein were good friends and had much correspondence over the years. According to "The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein" published by Princeton University, Einstein was in correspondence during the 1920s with Zeisler regarding various American investments. According to a letter from Zeisler to Einstein on October 15, 1921 "Zeisler had invested $4,300 in American shares on Einstein’s behalf in October 1921. He subsequently informed Einstein of the accumulated interest.." Einstein wrote another letter in April of 1924 asking Zeisler to transfer American investments to his daughter and soon to be son-in-law as a dowery. Zeisler was to ensure the interest was paid on an annual basis to his daughter. In this present letter just six months later, Einstein is thanking Zeisler for doing "many good things" and stating that he looks forward to seeing him again in Berlin.
Translated by an outside party:
"9. IX. 24. Dear Dr, Zeisler, Many thanks for your friendly and clearly stateed letter. Of course I agree with the offer. I immediately wrote the letter. Since I don;t know the exact address, I an sending you the letter and ask that you forward it. It pleases me that we shall see each other again in Berlin. You have done many good things, for which I thank you. I know that you have done these things gladly since you are a good person. Regards to you, your wife and to your sons. A. Einstein."