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'I cannot be subject to the same claims'

EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). German-born theoretical physicist.
Autograph Letter Signed in German ('Papa') to his son Hans Albert, 1½ pages 4to, Christ Church College, Oxford, 30 May 1933. Explaining he may have misjudged Hans Albert's motives in a recent argument, referring to their recent meeting in Zurich, and discussing Eduard's [Einstein's younger son] state of health.
Einstein feels that he has misjudged Hans Albert's motives in a recent argument, but protests that his life is 'more laden with stress and obligations than that of the average man, and therefore I cannot be subject to the same claims'. Nevertheless, at their meeting in Zurich, Einstein saw that Hans Albert had remained the 'true-hearted boy of old'. He is not worried that ambition will overcome him, as had happened to Eduard, whose state is in marked contrast to his former personality.
 Eduard Einstein had suffered a final nervous breakdown in 1932. The disagreements with Hans Albert which prompted this letter were probably related to Einstein's will. Einstein had asked for a formal agreement that his first wife Mileva and their sons would not contest his will.
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