On March 12, Watson sent Delbrück a letter, illustrated with rough sketches, discussing their new model. He warned his mentor
not to tell Pauling about it until they were more certain of their results, but Delbrück, never one to keep secrets, immediately
passed the letter around. Pauling's mind raced as he read it. He saw immediately that the Cavendish structure was not only
chemically reasonable but biologically intriguing. "The simplicity of the structural complementariness of the two pyrimidines
and their corresponding purines was a surprise to me-a pleasant one, of course, because of the great illumination it threw
on the problem of the mechanism of heredity," he said.
A few days after seeing Watson's letter, Pauling wrote a colleague, "You must, of course, recognize that our proposed structure
is nothing more than a proposed structure. There is a chance that it is right, but it will probably be two or three years
before we can be reasonably sure. . . ."