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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

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Letter from Aldous Huxley to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (104,991 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Aldous Huxley to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (104,991 Bytes)
Date:
1963-02-03 (February 3, 1963)
Creator:
Huxley, Aldous
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Teresa Huxley.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence D
Box Number: 19
Folder Number: 201
Unique Identifier:
BBAJGS
Accession Number:
13
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1961-1978
Folder: Huxley, Aldous
Transcript:
6233 Mulholland
LA 28/Cal.
3. ii. 63
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
Thank you for your very friendly letter and the fascinating paper that accompanied it. The future will be alarming, yes, but certainly not dull. Let's hope that the gentlemen who control our destiny will allow us to have a future -- not just a nuclear rotisserie or a long-drawn demographic chaos. (I was briefly in India last year and came away abysmally depressed. A net increase of nine millions a year; an under-employment rate of 100 millions; a literacy rate of about 20% -- and virtually no capital. What can these poor devils do to hoist themselves up, as people to a slightly more human level of physical and mental life?)
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I hope very much that I may have an opportunity of meeting you before long. Let me know if you ever come this way. I myself expect to go north at the end of March for a lecture at Eugene, Oregon. But I hope to stop on the way up or down at Berkeley. Will you be at Stanford at that time? If so I would[?] like to look in on you there.
Sincerely,
Aldous Huxley.
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: arrange meeting end-March 1963; will we have a future?; **;
he visited India - depressed by population; P-102 (Ciba);

jl 12/25/98

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BBAJGS 

6233 Mulholland
LA 28/Cal.

3.ii.63 (3 February 1963)

Dear Dr. Lederberg,

Thank you for your very friendly letter and the fascinating paper
that accompanied it.  The future will be alarming, yes -- but
certainly not dull.  Let's hope that the gentlemen who control
our destiny will allow us to have a future -- not just a nuclear
rotisserie or a long drawn demgraphic chaos.  (I was briefly in
India last year and came away abysmally depressed.  A net increase
of nine millions a year; an under employment rate of 100 millions;
a literacy rate of about 20% -- virtually no capital.  What can
these poor devils do to hoist themselves up as a people to a slightly
more human level of physical and mental life?)

I hope very much that I may have an opportunity of meeting you before
long.  Let me know if you ever come this way.  I myself expect to go
north at the end of March for a lecture at Eugene, Oregon.  But I hope
to stop on the way up or down at Berkeley.  Will you be at Stanford at
that time?  If so I would like to look in on you there.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Aldous Huxley
transcribed  3/9/99