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Jones, E. (1911). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 22, 1911. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 102-104.

Jones, E. (1911). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 22, 1911. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 102-104

Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 22, 1911 Book Information Previous Up Next

Ernest Jones

22 May 1911
407 Brunswick Avenue

Dear Professor Freud,

I am enclosing two little communications and one article, in the hope that you may think them worth publishing in the Zentralblatt. The shortest concerns an example of sekundäre Bearbeitung that I mentioned to you, and which you asked me to send a note about for publication. Another is a pretty analysis of Namenvergessen that I got from my wife; it refers to my sister (Owlie) who married Trotter last year.1 The article I am much more dubious as to the value of, and I will leave it quite to your judgement to decide whether it is worth publishing at all, or whether it should be altered in any respects.

Now you will want to know about the May meetings, especially the ψα one,2 and I had better shortly recount the movement from the beginning. You had separately suggested to Putnam, Brill and myself last year that we found an American branch of the Internationale Vereinigung, and last November we sent out a circular signed by the three of us and also by August Hoch, the Director of the N. Y. Psychiatric Institute. A little later, Brill, without saying a word to Putnam and myself, founded a N. Y. branch of the I. V., of which he is President. I agreed with him that such local branches that can meet frequently must be the main thing in our propaganda, and suggested the following proposal. That a general American head branch of the I. V. be formed, to meet once a year to coordinate the work being done, and to give men from different parts of the States the chance of meeting each other, and that as many local societies as possible be formed as sub-branches of the main one. This seemed to me the only logical plan, and to be demanded by the geographical conditions. It was agreed to by Jung, with whom I have been in constant correspondence on the matter, but Brill wouldn't hear of it. He wrote me an extraordinary letter, saying that the plan would do away with local branches and that he didn't want to be independent of the I. V., thus quite misunderstanding the plan. We exchanged several letters, but I failed to move him in his objection.

At the meeting in Baltimore not a soul from N. Y. turned up, not even a representative of the society there, and Brill was unfortunately prevented from coming on account of his wife's illness.

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