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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from James D. Watson to Francis Crick pdf (77,058 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from James D. Watson to Francis Crick
Description:
In his letter Watson expressed fears that his "long, most productive, and thoroughly enjoyable friendship" with Crick might be ruptured by the publication of his account of their discovery of the double helix, but vowed nonetheless to proceed with his plans for publication.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (77,058 Bytes)
Date:
1966-11-23 (November 23, 1966)
Creator:
Watson, James D.
Recipient:
Crick, Francis
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
URL: http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/Exit
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Rights:
Reproduced with permission of James D. Watson.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
DNA
Ethics, Professional
Exhibit Category:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953
Box Number: 75
Folder Number: PP/CRI/I/3/8/4
Unique Identifier:
SCBBLC
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Publication
SubSeries: Other Publications
SubSubSeries: Watson, The Double Helix
Folder: [Correspondence Concerning Publication]
Transcript:
November 23, 1966
Dear Francis:
I am troubled very much by your hostile reactions to "Honest Jim." The thought of our long, most productive, and thoroughly enjoyable friendship coming to an unnecessary end thoroughly depresses me. But you offer no possibility for compromise and tell me that the book is not only a stab-in-the-back invasion of your privacy but in bad taste and poorly written. But, as I think it is a good book and in no way harms you or your reputation, I can not bring myself to accept your request. I say this with much regret for on most occasions I have found yours judgments sensible and to the point.
But at this moment I regretfully cannot follow your counsel.
Yours sincerely,
J. D. Watson
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2008-10-16
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