In sending the manuscript of his account of the discovery of the double helix to Crick for comment, Watson hoped for a consensus
on publication by the protagonists, including Crick, stating that John Kendall, Max Perutz, and Lawrence Bragg had already
approved of the book.
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1966-03-17 (March 17, 1966)
Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Odile told me of the death of your brother just before I left Cambridge to return here. I am very sorry and hope that his
wife and children have something saved to turn upon. It was my intention to visit your aunt but my last two days in Cambridge
were marked with a wretch case that I thought best not to expose her to. But the next time I'm in Cambridge, I shall definitely
On the book side -- I should like very much if you could read it soon I have left a copy with John to give you. So that I
may know where you think I'm wrong or where the emphasis is unjust. John, Max, and Hugh have read it, without serious
reservations. So has Bragg, who took it very nicely and made some factual corrections that I'll incorporate in the next
version. Now my hope is that after I receive you corrects [sic], (I'll be most interested to know how you feel I treat
Maurice's role) I'll rewrite a number of sections and then show it to Maurice. Then conceivably with some form of
consensus, that the story is an fairly accurate version, of how I looked at the problem between 1951-53, its publication must
be considered [?].
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Hopefully I plan to return to Cambridge in the second or third week of April having just made, or making there the next round
of corrections. So if you have any radical [?] views could you write me here, -- minor corrections could be made while I'm
My African trip was remarkably free of bad moments, and full of marvelous scenery, appealing local people, and many civilized
expatriates. So do not take as an unpleasant joke, a subsequent invitation to be in East Africa.
Trust that Odile's legs will soon be mended
P.S. Now seriously thinking about some small chateau renovated 10th century etc [?] -- 11 bedrooms -- 18 km from lab -- fantastic
view of Alps near Chamonix.