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Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 30, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 138-140.

Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 30, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 138-140

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Sándor Ferenczi

[to Rank]1

Budapest, March 30, 1924

Dear Otto,

Only now am I in a position to share with you in detail the correspondence with the Professor. Before I wrote to you, I wanted to wait for the Professor's reply, which arrived yesterday.

It is advisable for you to read through the Professor's letter of March 20. My reaction to this letter was essentially as follows:

In consideration of the passage on p. 1, which relates to your health, I originally wanted to withhold this letter from you, and also wrote to the Professor to that effect. In retrospect, however, I decided to do the opposite, and I asked the Professor also to show my letter to you. I also requested that he respond quickly, since I want to come to an understanding with you in these matters, and time is pressing.

In the letter I began with matters of fact; I reminded the Professor of how enthusiastically he had expressed himself to me about your discovery (“greatest advance since the discovery of psychoanalysis, even if only 33 or 66% of it is true”; “someone else would have made himself independent,” etc.). I then wrote to him that I actually learned from him (Professor) about your discovery, since up to that time we were only dealing with each other over the joint work. Your (subsequent) communications would—so I wrote further—have made a great impression on me; that was not the case with your material (dreams), about which you lectured to us (on that memorable afternoon at the Professor's).—I

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