Wien, August 19, 1931
Dear Comrade, what can I possibly know that you do not know better on that subject?
The address is the museum in the winter and Dmitrov, in Peter Kropotkin's house, in the summer -- both generally known and sufficient.
Banks have to adhere to public regulations and could only deal with Soviet Banks. These must be obliged to charge or pay with dollars at the ruinous low rate at which travellars are forced to charge them at the frontier.
Thus, obviously, a private way to forward real dollars would be to the advantage of the addressee. Is there such a way? I ignore it. Our comrade M. Korn might know and others might know. I do not. But it would be a pity not to inquire and let the money be reduced by official spoliation and banking charges. It would also be regrettable to delay spending, as, I fear, all that can be sent is exceedingly welcome, personally or for the cost of the museum salaries. The channels by which other money has been sent to the museum, ought to be known. Her daughter ought to know.
Mrs. Kelly's friend, the young lady who was in the Ukraine and told us twenty minutes on such matters (under which conditions foreigners could buy things etc.) would know, only they are sailing -- Kelly on the 22, too late, to reach him. But perhaps Kelly told you of her and you can find her; she seemed to know all these things..
I mentioned the matter to Rocker to-day, by letter, to tell you if he knows what may be of use to you. That is all I can say.
I thank you for forwarding my 15$ and expect to get them by and by. If only all of you would learn to