[written in different handwriting, Hans Thatcher Clarke Papers]
[stamped, APR 21 1981]
Jan 2, 1950
I don't like writing you this anymore than I egotistically hope you'll like the contents, but after much careful deliberation
we're decided to stay here. It was a hard decision to make in many ways, and I can only hope it proves the right one for
the future. Perhaps you should attribute it in large part to the attractions of California, but also to my satisfaction with
my set-up here, and to a lack of ambition on my part. (The latter perhaps due to the softening effects of the climate of the
I can assure you that I was most impressed with the fine group of men I met on my visit, and with the potentialities of microbiology
Thanks, too, for your part in my being considered. The prospects of being associated scientifically and socially with the
Clarkes were the hardest to give up.
Please give my best thanks to Mrs. Clarke for her hospitality. I hope she will reconsider her stand and join us in Florida!
With best regards and sincere regrets, Yours
[written in Lederberg's handwriting, Ed Tatum -- must have been offered chair at Columbia. (cf. Sol Sp.?)]