56In the midst of this desperate search for funding, Tesla was cheered by visits with his friend Richmond Hobson. Having resigned from the navy and planning to run for Congress, Hobson spent much of 1903on a nationwide speaking tour. Realizing that a credible candidate had to be a married man, Hobson had begun courting Grizelda Hull of Tuxedo Park, New York. Hobson’s courtship with Miss Hull was stormy; on the one hand, she idolized Hobson as a great war hero, but on the other hand, she regarded him as an insincere social butterfly.57After seeing Miss Hull for a Christmas visit in 1903, Hobson was strug-gling with his feelings and so he went to visit his old friend. As he told Miss Hull,The day closed in homesickness till I went to see dear Tesla. He kissed me on the cheek, as once before and when I left him at one o’clock last night, I felt prepared and ready for another year and for future years. When at one time I referred to the great and trying obstacles that he was fighting against he said, “Hobson, I wish they were a thousand times greater, my only fear is that this world can not make obstacles as great as I need and long to meet.”It made me feel ashamed of myself almost. You will never hear me refer to obstacles again, unless in a thought of impotence to get at them and in defiance of their magnitude.