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Freud, S. (1924). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 4, 1924. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 479.

Freud, S. (1924). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 4, 1924. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 479

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 4, 1924 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

1924

428F

Vienna IX, Berggasse 191
4 January 1924

Dear Friend,

I have left so many of your friendly letters unanswered that today I am virtually delighted to have to write you about a factual matter. Though there is nothing pleasing about the fact itself.

For the psychoanalytic fund cannot be counted on at the moment. Apart from the devalued Marks, it contains a little over 20 pounds, which I beg to keep strictly secret. I would gladly have stepped into the breach myself, but for half a year I have had only expenditure and no income.

Because of the numerous Christmas visitors from Berlin, I have heard and talked a great deal about you recently. I was delighted to hear only good things about you, so your optimism is at least not unfounded. I declined all Christmas visits that were meant for me personally with the motivation that you yourself give; only my son Oliver was with us here with his young wife. I did not wish to postpone further making the acquaintance of my new dear daughter.

I am by no means without any symptoms or released from treatment, but I resumed my analytic work on the 2nd of this month and hope to be able to manage.

With cordial greetings and New Year wishes to you and your dear family,

Yours,

Freud

Notes to "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 4, 1924"

1 Typewritten and hand-signed letter, evidently dictated to Anna, who used a more modern orthography than the one Freud was accustomed to using (e.g. zahlreich and Motivierung instead of zalreich and Motivirung). The typewriter could not reproduce the German double-s (“ψ”) and the Umlaute; the dots on the latter were inserted by hand.

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