Letter from Robert S. Cunningham to Florence R. Sabin
Cunningham, one of Sabin's research fellows at Johns Hopkins, wrote to her from his new position as head of Vanderbilt
University School of Medicine's Anatomy Department. His reflections on their association and the satisfactions of scientific
work provide an example of Sabin's close bond with her students and colleagues.
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1925-07-09 (July 9, 1925)
Cunningham, Robert S.
Sabin, Florence R.
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On the Faculty at 'The Hopkins', 1902-1925
Cunningham, Robert S., #12
Dear Miss Sabin,
Your nice letter came in the morning mail and pleased me so very much, both because of the many nice things said in it and
because it tells me your trip was safe and pleasant.
I must begin by answering your two questions. I have succeeded in getting both papers finished and off, which gave me quite
a pleasant sense of something finished--and now I am entirely relaxed and resting absolutely. I arrived here yesterday noon.
To refer to the past year I feel very strongly that I do not wish to forget anything that has happened and certainly nothing
which can remind me that I have been, even in the smallest way, instrumental in making the year pleasant for you.
Rich is really a capable and intellectual person. His soul vibrates to a somewhat higher pitch than the average, consequently,
he has been able to profit by your example. I like him.
I am, in my own sober judgment, strongly inclined to believe that life divides its fineness about evenly between men and women,
but that we see it more often in women because men are more reserved in their higher impulses. I have, further, believed for
many years that the man or woman most highly developed begins to have some of the best qualities of the opposite sex, and
that when anyone reaches the highest incarnations the good of each will be blended into the good of both so that masculine
and feminine qualities will cease to exist.
On the train I read the letters of Abelard and Heloise, found at the last moment lurking unappreciated in a second hand store--they
are very fine. We have talked so much of the rewards of labor and of virtue that I thought you might like the following sentence
from one of the letters: "Prosperity seldom chooses the side of the virtuous, and fortune is so blind that in a crowd
in which there is perhaps but one wise and brave man it is not to be expected that she should single him out."
The world is very beautiful and man's days but short to see and feel and think in tune with all its music, let only the
unwise and the foolish waste a moment of so precious an opportunity as is given to us all.