L. on May 8, 1938.
Most respectable Ms. Laube,
I received your letter on Saturday. Since then I have thought about you frequently.
It is quite improbable that I will come to A. Please write to me your concerns. You can be confident that it will not be delivered to an unsympathetic receiver; I will neither laugh off nor belittle whatever you write. If I can, I will gladly help you.
I am currently sitting hier in L., a small village in the Saxon region of Switzerland. Aside from some plaintiveness and sadness, I am grateful for this turn of events. I was bogged down in quite a few things in O. That which awaits me here in L. is certainly still a mystery, but I am completely confident that it makes sense and will ultimately serve my best interests. Please write without a return address, so as to deprive those who like to pry into other’s secrets (in a small town that can even include the mailman). For this reason, I also write without a return address.
Be assured of my greatest respect and accept my most heartfelt greetings,
from [Roland Nordhoff]