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Freud, S. (1926). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 13, 1926. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 289-290.

Freud, S. (1926). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 13, 1926. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 289-290

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 13, 1926 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, December 13, 1926
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

Really, I had already determined the day on which I intended to cable you, when your dear wife's letter1 came, from which it could be inferred with certainty that you are still living and are working very hard. I now thank you for the “pre-letter” of November 30, which finally arrived, and declare myself completely satisfied with more frequent such pre-letters, for the “full letters” could be too long in coming. In the meantime, a Rundbrief from us2 will have reached you, which contains everything of general interest that is worth communicating.

So, I have little to add in the way of a postscript. Now as before—if you want to hear from me—I leave the burden to others, you among them, unfortunately also Anna, and will continue my inactivity, which is hardly interrupted by four hours of work. Excuse [is], that the catarrhs annoy and disturb me too much; otherwise, I am well. On Christmas Day, we—wife and I—intend finally to go to Berlin to see the big and the small children. It can't be postponed anymore. Ernst is supposed to go to Jerusalem in the spring to build Dr. Weizmann3 a villa, Oli finally has his own place to live; I know only one of my four grandsons, and he was a year old at the time.

All other interests fade in the face of this adventurous intention. Besides, not much is happening in old Europe, and I have had so little occasion to write to you that I don't know what I have already and what I haven't yet told you. E.g., that on October 25 I called upon Tagore4 about his request; that last week, another Indian, Dos Gupta, a philosopher from Calcutta,5 was with me—my quota of Indians has now been filled for quite a long time—, that a psychiatrist from Rio de Janeiro6 brought over to me his textbook on psychiatry, in which ψ A fills a large chapter—I don't allow in anyone at all but exotics; Americans have already been scared off and don't show up anymore. Meng was a very pleasant visitor; the man is very agreeable, a hard worker, and he achieves extraordinary things in the way of sensible propaganda by means of books for the general public, and periodicals. He also wants to undertake the preparation of the Congress, which is supposed to take place in the fall, probably in Stuttgart.

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