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Jones, E. (1920). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 18, 1920. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 381-382.

Jones, E. (1920). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 18, 1920. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 381-382

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Ernest Jones

18 May 1920
111 Harley Street, London

Dear Professor,

I was delighted to hear the good news of the accession to the strength of the Fond, which will make matters safe for the immediate future. My optimism compels me to believe that sooner or later there will be later windfalls from rich people who have benefitted by Ps-A. Do you think now that we might venture on a noncommercial enterprise, which was the original object of the Verlag? I refer particularly to Roheim's detailed work on Totemism, which seems worthy of publication.1

I am most grateful to you for keeping me in touch with the Tannenbaum-Forsyth situation, for it is invaluable to me to know what is going on. I enclose the one letter, but am keeping Tannenbaum's unless you want it, for it contains a useful admission that my promise to him was as I said and not as he later maintained. He will probably be openly hostile after your letter, but what can one do with such a tasteless and tactless person?2 As to Forsyth, if he does not respond suitably to your tolerance I shall judge him more harshly than before, for he does not deserve such lenience as you shewed. For my part I take his definite refusal to support the Journal in any way, and further the unprecedented step of withdrawing his article without reason, as definitely unfriendly behaviour.3 His remarks about the necessity for more than one “pillar” in this country indicates plainly the nature of his difficulty, and I am glad and very grateful that you made it clear to him that our mode of starting the Journal was not at all an autocratic act of mine, but throughout determined by your own judgement and authority. This will probably have more effect on him than anything else, for I am sure he wants your approval above everything, and now you shew him how to get it. If you think there is still a chance of rescuing his article please do so, but of course the decision is in your hands.

A recent postcard from Ferenczi disposed of the disturbing rumour about him.4 I am glad that Munro arrived safely. I only trusted him with two boxes, for he is an uncertain quantity.

It will be good if you make something out of Rickman; we badly need some good men. I hope I shall be able to avoid Daly.

My wife has made an excellent recovery. She is in the Isle of Wight convalescing, where I join her tomorrow for the Whitsun holidays.

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