The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir by Albert Rosenfeld and D. ter Haar (Auth.)

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Irving rated that summer an important one because it was toward the end of it that he finally learned to feel at home in the water and swim with real confidence. S. No. 1 1 . " I am building a wind mill," Irving wrote Mama on the 30th of that month, "which is going to be about 3 feet high and 1 foot wide at the bottom and 6 inches wide at the top. ) "The wheel's axil is going to be made out of wood with pieces of tin this shape, each one being about 3V2 inches long. The whole wheel's diameter will be about 8 inches.

When the St. Louis docked in New York, Arthur was waiting to meet Irving. So were his Uncle Will and Aunt Tillie, who took Irving to their home in Brooklyn. " I was astounded by the change I saw in Brooklyn," wrote the returning world-traveler. "Trolleys everywhere and lots of electric lights and the tall buildings in New York all so changed in three years. " After a few days as a tourist-in-reverse in Brooklyn, Irving went with Arthur to Philadelphia, where he was to spend one of the happiest years of his life.

In 1870, when Sadie was twenty-two, she went to visit one of her sisters in Clinton, Iowa. " By September of that year they were exchanging photographs rather formally. Charles, writing from Madison, Wisconsin (he was even 36 The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir then a traveling man), addressed her as "Dear Friend" and signed himself "Your friend, C. " In the period between the two letters they had become engaged, but not before Charles had officially asked her father's consent. In a letter dated October 19, 1870, from Clinton, Iowa, Charles stated his case: "I became acquainted with your daughter Sadie about the time she arrived in this city," he wrote Dr.

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