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Letters between Isaiah and his parents, 1949-1951

MS. Berlin 296
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fols. 1-98) correspondence while Berlin was at Harvard University as a Visiting Lecturer, 1949
  2. (fols. 1-2) letters sent while travelling to the United States on board the Queen Mary, mentioning those on board, including Aline Halban, and an incident at Cherbourg in which the ship 'scratched the bottom', 1949
  3. (fols. 6-18) correspondence while Mendel was also visiting the United States, spending part of the time with Berlin, 1949
  4. (fols. 57, 65) comments about Chaim and Vera Weizmann wishing Berlin to join the Israeli President's entourage, 1949
  5. (fols. 95-98) letter sent while on board the Queen Elizabeth travelling back to Europe, including an account of having his wallet (including passport and travel documents) stolen in New York, and his treatment at the British Consulate when obtaining a replacement, 1949
  6. (fols. 118-119) comments by Marie on Berlin's possible move to All Souls College, 1950
  7. (fols. 123-133) correspondence while Berlin was travelling to and in Israel, including comments on the illness of his uncle Yitzhak Samunov, 1950
  8. (fols. 144-168) letters from Berlin in Berne (staying with the Weizmanns), and later in Geneva and Italy, including references to the death of Yitzhak Samunov and his reaction to it, and an account of meeting Bernard Berenson, 1950
  9. (fols. 177-182) correspondence while Berlin was in Israel, 1951
  10. (fols. 185-187) comments on the death of Humphrey Sumner and the impending election of a new Warden of All Souls College, 1951
  11. (fols. 193-257) correspondence while Berlin was at Harvard University as a Visiting Lecturer, including his voyage to the United States and an initial holiday in Maine with Rowland Burdon-Muller, 1951
  12. (fols. 224, 227-230) reports on reaction to Berlin's articles in the Jewish Chronicle on 'Jewish Slavery and Emancipation' , 1951
  13. (fols. 228, 232, 235, 237) comments on the British General Election results, 1951


  • Creation: 1949-1951


257 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Berlin 296

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Weston Library
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