Einstein TSL's

 by Gregory J. Mallon




Atomic Energy Letter - An APPEAL for One Million Dollars (DECEMBER 11, 1946 on ECAS Letterhead)

Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists Letterhead (Style 1)
(Original Provisional Committee Letterhead)

Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists Letterhead (Style 2)
(Trustees Committee Letterhead)

Below is an example of the appeal letter sent to potential patrons in an attempt to raise one million dollars for the cause of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists (ECAS), dated Dec 11, 1946.  Typically, Albert Einstein would personally sign all of his correspondence (while he did not necessarily type all the letters).   Here we see that the ECAS organization created and used a obvious "rubber stamp" signature to "sign" the letters.   It is not known if all of these letters utilized the rubber stamp, and this is the only example of this appeal letter we have at EinsteinsWorld.   It is likely that the rubber stamp was used almost exclusively for the endorsement of charitable contribution checks that were received, but in this case, they utilized the stamp on the letter itself.

Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists Letterhead (Style 2)

Charitable Check for One Dollar to Albert Einstein

                                      December 11, 1946

Dear Friend:

I write to you and other friends for help.

Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into the world the most revolutionary force  since prehistoric man's discovery of fire.  This basic power of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms.  For there is no secret and there is no defense;  there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world.

We scientists recognize our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of the simple facts of atomic energy and its implications for society.  In this lies our only security and our only hope - we believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.

We need $1,000,000 for this great educational task.  Sustained by faith in man's ability to control his destiny through the exercise of reason, we have pledged all our strength and our knowledge to this work.  I do not hesitate to call upon you to help.

                                      Faithfully yours,

                                      A. Einstein



Endorsement of the Check using the Rubber Stamp