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.
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1966-11-23 (November 23, 1966)
Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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.