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Table of Letters  

Letters from Albert B. Sabin 1934-1967

Sometime between 1930-1932 Albert Sabin and Manoah Leide-Tedesco met. We have yet to discover the exact circumstances of how, where or when -- but they obviously met and were quite taken with one another. In fact, Sabin is most expressive in his letters of their great friendship and of how much he misses "My Dear Leide" -- as most of his handwritten letters are addressed.  

It is possible they became acquainted through mutual friends and the Sabin family.  "Leide" appeared to know Sabin's first wife, Sylvia Tregillus, prior to their marriage. In one letter Sabin mentions Sylvia's parents (whose roots were in Italy) as if Leide is well-acquainted with them.

Between  February 25, 1934 and  December 13, 1936  Sabin wrote over  28 letters to Leide. That there were more is without question as reference is made to other correspondence. Of course, no records are currently available as to the content of Leide's letters to Sabin. We will continue searching the "as yet to be explored" archives for others and will add those when or if we find them.

The  Hauck Center for the Albert B. Sabin Institute lists correspondence with Leide-Tedesco through 1963-65, but no earlier letters. It may be that Leide's side of the correspondence is lost forever. Nevertheless, evidence from the Sabin letters from 1934-1936 appear to show Sabin a better friend than Leide is to him. Some of this could be attributed to the fact that Leide was an older, more "worldly" and creative man who was fluent in six different languages, and Sabin a young man just "starting out".  However it does appear at times, from only Sabin's side of the correspondence, that Sabin is willingly being used to help Leide's career and business opportunities.

After 1936 the two appear to have written only sporadically in 1942, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1963 -- more in 1967, and a final Christmas card in 1970. It may have been Sabin who grew tired of dealing with Leide's episodes of great depression and self-doubt. Sabin's letters give the view of a man who is quick to establish emotional bonds with a few friends, but who's own powerful dedication and love of his chosen work and his unbounded work ethic prevent him from suffering with friends who lack the same positive attitude.  Sabin always knew that he was destined for great work and valuable discoveries.  Leide was a great creative intellectual with a powerful personality who suffered sporadically with terrible bouts of depression that tended to stifle his progress as an artist and in business endeavors.


INSCRIPTION:  Leide - To have known you is
not to have lived in vain - Albert    8/17/35


On August 7, 1934, Albert Sabin writes to his friend Manoah Leide-Tedesco of discovering something:

“I think I have discovered something now which is very important – certainly more important than anything I have ever done before - something which may come to have as much significance for virus disease as the discovery of phagocytosis by Meklailog had for bacterial disease. Of course it may not, but right now I think it terribly important. . . however, we shall see what happens.”

In Front of the Statue of San Zeno -- Dr. Albert Sabin in Italy to recieve an award for his scientific contributions along with his friend Leide-Tedesco.