Two Typed Letters Signed to J. Samson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copies of three letters from Samson to Morgan.

Walter Thomas James Morgan
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Morgan's letters: 31 July 1964 and 20 November 1967, both on Lister Institute letterheads; Samson's carbon copies: 22 July and 5 August 1964 and 31 October 1967, none with place.
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British biochemist (1900-2003), Director of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, London, 1972-5. All five items one page, quarto, and all five very good and stapled together by year. Correspondence for 1964 begins with Samson inviting Morgan to deliver a lecture in the Society's forthcoming session 'on the science and practice of immunology', and giving details of the requirements. Morgan declines, 'as my special studies and experiences have been almost entirely concerned with the more chemical aspects of the subject'. The theme is however 'of considerable interest and importance at this time and will need a person with wide experience and knowledge to present a modern view of immunology in a manner commensurate with its importance'. He puts forward the names of two individuals. In his reply Samson says he will write to the two men, and expresses his regret at Morgan's refusal, hoping that 'we shall have the pleasure of a lecture from you on some future occasion'. In 1967 Samson asks Morgan if you would be willing to take the chair when 'Professor Harry Harris, of the Galton Laboratory, University College' delivers 'the Sir William Pope Memorial Lecture entitled "Human Genetics and Biochemical Individuality". Morgan agrees, apologising for his delay in replying to Samson's letter ('I was in the United States when it arrived, and I have found it difficult to catch up with the large number of letters I found on my return.')