Highlighting the family archives will be a collection of five letters from Albert Einstein to Cleveland E. Dodge (1888-1982) written in 1946–1947. The letters contain important firsthand accounts of the earliest meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists and are estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
“They were written with an eye toward raising money,” books and manuscripts specialist Darren Sutherland said. “But reading them, you can really feel Einstein’s profound urgency in that moment in 1946.”
Elizabeth Dodge (1884-1976), daughter of Cleveland H. Dodge (1860-1926), also collected a number of iconic letters to augment their private collection. One of the most notable items is a four-page letter written in 1813 by Jane Austen to her sister, Cassandra. This letter, estimated at $80,000-120,000, describes the details of daily life in the English countryside in such a way that the descriptions could have been part of one of her novels.
"We are now all four of us young Ladies sitting round the Circular Table in the inner room writing our Letters, while the two Brothers are having a comfortable coze in the room adjoining," Austen wrote in the letter.