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Ferenczi, S. (1949). Ten Letters to Freud. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 30:243-250.

(1949). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 30:243-250

Ten Letters to Freud

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, 18.1.1908.

Sehr geehrter Herr Professor,

I am very grateful to you for expressing your willingness to receive me, together with my colleague, Dr. Stein, although I am unknown to you. It is not only because I am very eager to meet you, Herr Professor, since I have been occupied uninterruptedly for about a year in studying your work, but also because I promise myself much useful and instructive help from this meeting.

Now I am more than ever in need of thorough instruction, since I am going to represent the whole complex of your discoveries before a medical audience which is in part wholly ignorant and in part erroneously informed on the subject. While doing so I intend to bear your axiom in mind that in order to do justice to the truth one must take one's audience into consideration; I shall, therefore, first discuss only quite obvious, easily understandable facts which will consequently be convincing. In any case the task is very difficult and I should only do harm to the cause by a sudden tactless assault, and I mean to behave at any rate as a master of restraint.

Will you kindly excuse me for plunging thus instantly in medias res. One is easily overwhelmed by the whole subject.

I thank you again for your friendliness and remain, looking forward with pleasure to the 2nd of February,

Ihr sehr ergebener,

Dr. Ferenczi.

Budapest, 3.6.1911.

Lieber Herr Professor,

On Monday I have to go to Court, which means that my journey to Vienna has to be postponed till the Sunday after.

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