Professor Crow and I have given very thorough consideration to your application for an assistantship here next year. We have
agreed on the following recommendation to you.
Largely on the basis of Dr. Davis recommendation, we scraped the barrel to try to find some satisfactory place for you here,
as an emergency or stopgap measure. We thought that this might be better than for you to have to seek a temporary job elsewhere,
which you might plan to interrupt next year in order to initiate your graduate studies. I have already mentioned some of the
qualifications which might have to be attached to such a stopgap appointment. During the past few weeks, it has turned out
that the vacancy which we had particularly in mind for you has not materialized, although another position is still open.
It is uncertain whether there would be any very suitable research facilities available for you during your first year, and
in any event you would be very much occupied with teaching duties and might have very little time for research. Then, although
very likely, it is not certain that more space will become available in '51-52 for you to carry on with on bacterial genetic
problems. In sum, we feel that with the evaporation of the emergency, you would probably be much better off to defer your
application here until next year, both financially, and from the point of view of your academic career. Your experience in
Dr. Davis' laboratory cannot help but stand you in good stead later on, particularly if you keep your eyes open for problems
that you might like to pursue.
This letter does not necessarily clone the issue. If you decide, for reasons you may know best, that you would prefer to begin
graduate school in September, we can find something for you. In that event, you should know that you would like to spend the
next year here. The conditions mentioned in my letters still apply, and I will, of course, help you in any way possible in
the light of your record. I must urge, however, that you give this very thorough consideration, and perhaps that you discuss
it with Dr. Davis, who will - I am sure, from his letter have only your best interests in mind.