In this letter Crick bemoaned that "[a]lmost all my own early correspondence was thrown away without my knowledge by an
over-efficient Secretary . . ."
The reference in the last sentence was to a revision in the British tax laws that for the first time subjected foreign honoraria
and other income earned abroad to income tax, unless the taxpayer was employed full-time abroad. The change in tax laws,
which reduced a source of income with which British scientists had long supplemented their modest salaries, was quoted in
the press as one of the reasons for Crick's decision in 1977 to relocate permanently to southern California.
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Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Very glad to hear from you. I think it a good idea to publish something on the RNA TIE CLUB whether it is associated with
my 60th birthday or not. Almost all my own early correspondence was unfortunately thrown away without my knowledge by an
over-efficient Secretary but Sidney still has some letters from Gamow and other relevant papers.
It's nice of you to suggest we come to visit you but I am still avoiding short visits over the longer distances. However,
I am tentatively planning to have a sabbatical for the academic year 1976-77, spending the winter at the Salk Institute and
the summer in Denmark. Odile and I might be able to drop in to see you on our way back from California, probably in May 1977.
It would have to be a fairly short visit unless you 'employ' me, as our new tax laws make it necessary for me to be
continuously employed abroad for a minimum of 365 days.