1938 Original Manuscript for 1939 1st Edition BigBook Searchable 1976 3rd Edition BigBook On-Line
The Prescription
Click The Images To Go To Page Indicated In The Flag

Letter from Bill Wilson to the Burwells
March 20, 1957

Box 459 Grand Central Annex
New York 17, N.Y.

March 20, 1957

Dear folks,

Forgive this rather long delay.  I have been awful busy with both the book and the television project.  A contract for the latter will probably be signed soon.  NBC has purchased the story treatment.  So I suppose that we shall begin to try to dialogue it presently.

Meanwhile I have received about a hundred favorable replies on "A.A. Comes of Age." Like your own, they are extremely favorable.  I'm really delighted that you folks like the book and can see so few changes.

I'm especially glad to have that early review in the A.M.A. Journal.  I have ransacked our files, but couldn't find it.  We will try to put this in the Appendix of the book, provided that Dr. Bauer of the A.M.A. will be all right. And I'm sure he will; he is a grand chap. 

I have heard from Dorothy and, as you say, she likes the book very much, also.  It was good to know that Caroline approved the way Hank was treated.

You are dead right about 1937 being the date we parted from the Oxford Groups. Somebody else picked this up, too.

I'm also putting in a little bit about Jackie Williams, how, in spite of the fact he didn't make it, he did us a lot of good.  Also, the discription of his funeral and the great faith that was felt by everybody there.  It was a very affecting incident which ought to be recorded.

Meanwhile, I've got to fly.  A million thanks to you both. Ever,

/s/ Bill


Mr. and Mrs. James Burwell
4193 Georgia, Street
San Diego, California

Index of A.A. History Pages on Barefoot's World

As in so many things, especially with we alcoholics, our History is our Greatest Asset!.. We each arrived at the doors of A.A. with an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That Do Not Work" .. Today, In A.A. and In Recovery, Our History has added an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That DO Work!!" and We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it!!

ABC Page 60 -- Barefoot's Recovery Pages



Click for my wish for you this day
Click for a Message From Barefoot

Barefoot's World
Email Barefoot
On the Web Sept 20, 2006
in the Spirit of Cooperation

Three mighty important things, Pardn'r, LOVE And PEACE and SOBRIETY