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Freud, S. (1917). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 4, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 171.

Freud, S. (1917). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 4, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 171

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 4, 1917 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, January 4, 1917
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

In consequence of your letter (with a 1 crown stamp) I turned down the director of Harmonia. But since you refused to return his letter to me, this occurred without a more precise address. I didn't make use of your stipulations, because I think that what is not kosher for 1,000 crowns can't be made so for 2,000 either. But one can't monitor from a distance whether the other details are being carried out. You are making altogether too much of the amount; this increase also won't compensate for the lack of income. Incidentally, I will still be able to hold out for a long time before there will be any question of worries.

First of all, I conceive of the work on Lamarckism in such a way that each of us reads, if possible, everything that is noteworthy, until more specialized areas can be separated out for the individual. We should support each other from the beginning with hints as to where things can be found.

The weather has also brought me a sore throat and cold and the concomitant intellectual listlessness. Fortunately, one doesn't need much now, and the works are not pressing.

Ernst (the big E.) had an abscess on a tonsil and is expected on leave still in this month.1 So, at present, all are out of the fire. Martin is still very delighted by his impression of the coronation. The ladies send thank-yous for Kugler2 and don't want to believe in the deprivation in Hungary.

The little essay by me in Ignotus's journal is also, according to Sachs's wishes, supposed to open the new issue of Imago (months later).3

Rank has become a sergeant. Oli is still reporting very contentedly.

I greet you cordially and expect from you less expensive, but instead more frequent, letters.



Notes to "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 4, 1917"

1 Freud's son, and not his grandson Ernst Halberstadt. “February 2-3. Waited in vain for Ernst”; “April 15. Ernst on leave”; “May 3. Ernst back at the front” (diary entries by Freud, Library of Congress).

2 A chocolate cake from the café of the same name.

3 That is, in fact, what transpired (Freud 1917a; Imago 5 [1917]: 1-7). See also letter 629 and n. 2.

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