Letter from Peyton Rous to James Murphy, 1929
Courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center
Your judgement was better than mine when you inquired the other day why I did not write up the early chicken tumor work myself, saying that it would be difficult for another. The report which you have kindly sent me is painstakingly written, and gives the established facts, yet inevitably it differs as a presentation from that I would have made. The points of difference are so essential that I shall take your suggestion and write up the stuff myself. Certainly your important data obtained recently, which bear on the nature of the tumor producing agent, should be described separately; and ll the more since the future will have to determine just what they mean. My own motions about the meaning, as you know, do not fit in with yours. But this does not matter as the end will tell the true story.
Peyton Rous, James Murphy, chicken tumor, exhibit