I hope this letter will find you although you must now be at the other end of the world. I am somewhat ashamed not to have
yet written to thank you for your effort to [ . . . ] the musical standing of the Jacob family. Your recorder is a real success,
mostly among the children who are always fighting with each other to get it. Lise of course is really able to play it and
likes it very much. The oldest kid [ . . . ] to make pleasant music with it. The other ones have some difficulties with
this too [ . . . ]all [ . . . ]. Anyway it is quite a success and I hope you'll come back soon and bring other types
of various sizes.
If I have been so late to write you, it is because I wanted to know a little bit more about the Symposium we plan for next
year in Paris or better in Royaucourt. All things are going on well on this side and the Symposium will be held most probably
in Royaucourt, during the week of July 28-August 2,
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the corpus of microbiology being in Stockholm the following week. The idea is to take opportunity of the corpus for which
many people will be able to have the transatlantic trip paid. We shall be able to take care of the accomodations [sic] and
[ . . . ] expenses during the symposium week, and to pay the European trip. For the time being we are not able to pay the
transatlantic trip although we are trying to make some arrangements with the U.S. Navy., which often take care of similar
transportations by plane.
We have not yet decided who will be invited. In principle there must be about 20 Europeans and 10-12 Americans. It will
be a very unformal [sic] meeting, without papers or with very short "[ . . . ]". We want very much to have you and
I believe it should not be very difficult to have your transatlantic travel paid for both you. As soon as we know more about
this, I will send you an official invitation. All I would very much like to know, as soon as
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possible, if you would consider an European trip next year or if you are so disgusted with travelling that you prefer to stay
home next year and if you will not consider the possibility of coming again here. I hope this not the case and you'll
come back next year to see more of Paris.
Is there something new about your future. Have you taken some decision about the various propositions, either californian
[sic] or bostonian [sic]. I have some vague feeling that you prefer to stay in Madison for the time being.
My best regards to both of you and I hope very much you will come back next year.
We are still fighting with Elie[?] about the chromosomal rearrangement versus circular chromosome in K12.