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Jones, E. (1911). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, August 31, 1911. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 114-116.

Jones, E. (1911). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, August 31, 1911. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 114-116

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Ernest Jones

31 August 1911
407 Brunswick Avenue

Dear Professor Freud,

My best thanks for your very kind letter. You will be glad to hear that yesterday we decided not to leave this country yet awhile, after all. It is a complicated story, the main points of which are these: When it became known that I was leaving, various university authorities, particularly the Chancellor,1 whose daughter I had successfully treated, became surprisingly active in their efforts to retain me; Adolf Meyer and others also wrote strong letters about it. The result was that they have given me the professorship (in psychiatry) as well as a special department in neurology.2 On the strength of that I have, after considerable difficulty, persuaded my wife to stay here a little longer, until next April. After then we shall settle in London, but I hope to be able to retain the position and cross over every year for four months (to Toronto) for the work of the session. It will be a decided blow to my local enemies, but I do not see how they can now do anything to prevent it. I feel that the whole episode must be looked upon as a definite triumph for our cause, since I am mainly known for my psycho-analytic work, and this was also the cause of the objections to me, which have now been defeated.

I have finished the nightmare book that has taken me so much work, and am consequently feeling in rather a self-complacent mood;3 at present I am busy on the article that Rank asked me to write for the new Journal, and perhaps I may be able to finish it before I leave in ten days' time.4

I was very glad to hear your improved opinion of the better conditions in England, but I am afraid that some of them are only the result of my

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