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your sending us, with your letter of March 10 th, the two reprints
of your work, in order to give us an idea about your proposed book,
THE HATRED OF NATIONS.
is always interested in new projects, and we have been glad to go
over your material and discuss in our editorial conference the possibility
of such a book fitting in with out future publishing commitments.
Since we can see little chance of finding a place for your work on
our forthcoming schedule, we do not feel we can, in all fairness,
suggest that you forward the complete manuscript for us to consider.
May we not
thank you for thinking of us as possible publishers of your work?
We are returning your reprints, herewith.
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The Macmillan Company
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I have heard a rumor from
a source that should be reliable that possibly Macmillan Company will
not proceed to the publication of Dr. Velikovskys Worlds
in Collision. This rumor is the first item with regard to the
Velikovsky business that makes for sanity. What books you publish
is of course no affair of mine; and certainly I would depend on your
expert judgment rather than on my own feelings in the matter. But
I thought it might be well to record with you that a few scientists
with whom I have talked about this matter (and this includes the President
of Harvard University and all of the members of the Harvard Observatory
staff) are not a little astonished that the great Macmillan Company,
famous for its scientific publications, would venture into the Black
Arts without rather careful refereeing of the manuscript.
The Velikovsky declaration
or hypothesis or creed that the sun stood still is the most arrant
nonsense of my experience, and I have met my share of crackpots. The
fact that civilization exists at the present time is the most profound
evidence I know of that nothing of this sort happened in historic
times. The earth did not stop rotating in the interests of exegesis.
This note, of course,
is not for publication or any further use than to report that to one
reader of Macmillans scientific books the aforementioned rumor
is a great relief.