To Margaret Erwin Schevill

Dear Mrs. Schevill, 1 September 1942

Your letter has reached me with considerable delay but it has arrived.

I think you could risk sending me a copy of the manuscriptwithout which I wouldn’t be able to say much in the way of an introduction.

At all events it would be a poor sort of thing, since my mind is not actually preoccupied with Indian lore.

I’m deeply immersed in mediaeval thought rather, though I have recently read Wheelwright’s book about the Navajo Creation Myth which is very interesting in a way.

Such a detailed recording of the primitive mind shows the extraordinary interwovenness of a definite natural milieu with the archetypal collective pattern, a picture which is surely most bewildering inasmuch as the numberless plants and animals and the peculiar atmospheric conditions are strange to you.

Intimate knowledge of them, however, is indispensable for the understanding of the specific value of just such a plant or such an animal.

On the whole I think the mail is safe.

Recently I got quite a number of letters and even books from the U.S.

Hoping you are always in good health,

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung

Margaret Schevill Link (1887-1962) , American ethnologist, of Arizona. As a student of literature and art she had worked for some time with Jung and became interested in the myths of the Navaho Indians.

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