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Freud, S. (1921). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 6, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 46-47.

Freud, S. (1921). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 6, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 46-47

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 6, 1921 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, February 6, 1921
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend, While Elma takes tea with the ladies, I want to write a cordial greeting to you and Frau Gizella. I don't have anything to give with it, for you receive my books through the Verlag, and I don't have anything else; I also never go shopping.

A few days ago I received a telegram from Philadelphia from a certain Harris, [asking] whether I can't send over an English-speaking analyst from somewhere or other under the guarantee of $5,000 for the first year of the practice (exact words in the next Rundbrief).1 Martha doesn't give me any peace; that would also be an opportunity for you that one oughtn't to miss. But I am against it for many reasons:

1.   I think that you don't know enough English to analyze in the language, which, from my experiences this year, is beastly difficult;

2.   you can, if you want, also go to New York in your own name, without support;

3.   you evidently face a great improvement in Budapest;

4.   you would feel bad in America without pupils and friends, in an extremely unfree society, which really knows only the hunt for the dollar;

5.   we can't do without you here, without losing Hungary and all that is being accomplished there;

6.   I would never see you again and learn nothing from you, etc., etc.

If Frau Rozsi should be surprised that I haven't written her on the anniversary of Toni's death, tell her that I also didn't write to Hamburg on January 25.

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