March 2, 1948
Dr. Stanley M. Swingle
Fisikalisk Kemiske Institutet
I was pleased to get your letter, and to learn that it is you who was responsible for the smooth passage that we had across
the Atlantic. We were indeed fortunate to have got across with so little inconvenience. Dave Shoemaker said that you had not
had such good luck.
We saw Professor Tiselius in London a couple of days ago. He said that the Claessons had returned, and seemed to be well satisfied
with their American experiences.
As to your possible collaboration with the Hollige Company on the manufacture of an elecrophoresis apparatus, I would say
that there is no ruling at Cal. Tech. that would interfere with this collaboration, so long as it involves a minor amount
of your time, and also does not involve your turning any inventions over to the company made under Cal. Tech. employment.
If this question is involved, then it would, I think, be desirable to have the Patents Committee check up on the matter. My
own recommendation to you would be not to get mixed up with the company unless the financial arrangement is a really satisfactory
one to you.
I am interested to learn that you like it in Sweden. My wife and I were very pleased with the place last summer, and we had
originally planned to go back for a visit next summer, that is, this August. However, we have now decided not to do so much
travelling, and accordingly shall not visit the Scandinavian countries at this time. You mention that you are considering
getting a job in Sweden for the winter of '48-49, but I judge from the context that you mean the winter of '49-50. I shall
be glad to learn how your plans develop.
We are all getting along very well in England. Of course England is on much stricter rations that Sweden, and the supplies
of food, clothing, and other materials are rather
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Meager, compared with Swedish standards. There is, however, very little complaint. Moreover, I have not noticed anything similar
to the attitude that you have discovered in the British in Sweden, namely their taking offense at anything that suggests that
America is better off than England. Perhaps the Britishers who travel to Sweden are a selected lot, and not a random sample.
With best regards to Mrs. Swingle, I am