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  • Albert Einstein Signed Letter on God IPO’ing on Rally

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Albert Einstein Signed Letter on God

About the Asset

This is a typewritten letter from Albert Einstein to Barbara Homans reflecting his views on the existence of God. It reads,”Dear Miss Homans:I believe that the idea of a personal God is too antropomorphic [sic] and childlike to be considered seriously. We have to content ourselves with that modest insight which is accessible to us.Sincerely yours,Albert Einstein”

It’s somewhat unique, because most of Einstein’s correspondence is in German.

It is, notably, not “the Einstein God letter,” that was auctioned off in 2018 for $2.9m. That one is handwritten to German philosopher Eric Gutkind and is a page and a half long.

A couple things about this letter that caught my eye.

First, the recipient was a woman named Barbara Homans, and she was a student at the University of Indiana at the time. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority there, and her father was a Major in the Armed Forces. She’s the rather severe one in the back row, third from right.

Barbara Homans’ Kappa Alpha Theta pledge class

This is all I could find on Ms. Homans, and I thought that was a bit odd / wrong. Any letter has both an author and a recipient, and both are important to the story. Only mentioning Einstein here is a bit like saying only Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed when his helicopter crashed.

I wonder what she did to prompt this response from Einstein. Surely she must have sought out his mailing address and sent him a letter in the post. What was going on in her life that made her not only question God’s existence but to have the guts to question God’s existence to the leading intellectual of her time?

The second sort of interesting thing about this letter is the return address listed on the envelope. Einstein lived at 112 Mercer St in Princetown from 1935 to his death in 1955. His wife died there in 1936, and Einstein lived there with three other women from 1936 to 1955: his sister Maja, his step-daughter Margo, and his secretary, Helen Dukas.

Margo lived there until her death in 1986, after which it became a sort of carousel for eminent professors at Princeton, including 2007 Nobel Prize winner Eric Maskin.

It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is further designated a US National Historic Landmark but is currently a private residence.

I couldn’t figure out who lives there now without going into full on stalker mode, but can you imagine living in a house where this happens all the time?

That little sign on the gate says Private Residence

The daughter is throwing so much shade.

About the drop

This asset will drop on Rally 16th July 2021 at noon EST with a market cap of $80,000. It will be locked up for around five months before trading quarterly.

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About Einstein and God

As this letter implies, Einstein’s relationship with God and Judaism were complicated.

Raised by secular Jewish parents in Germany, Einstein was deeply religious up until around aged twelve, when he started reading scientific textbooks. Those books led him to believe that many of the stories in the Bible simply were not possible. In his more famous 1954 letter on God, Einstein wrote, “The Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends.”

I won’t try to relate Albert Einstein’s feelings on God here — the scholarly work and debate around them are too vast. Suffice it to say, he thought mankind incapable of really knowing what was going on and that the more conventional religious were too simplistic and childish.

For our purposes, we need to know his feelings were controversial and complicated and that the more famous letter on God is very very valuable and sought after.

This asset is sort of a light version of that.

Recent sales history and Valuation

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Inferred value is $50k to $100k

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Wyatt Cavalier

Wyatt Cavalier

With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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