Freud/Jung Letters

Dear Professor Freud, 17June 1910

I answered Adler today. His first letter went to Riklin, who filed it.

Unfortunately his letter of 1 June was unanswered because I first had to wait for the founding of the Zurich group in order to give Adler positive news.”

As I hold the view that the International Association has been founded since Nuremberg, I cannot imagine why the Viennese group has not been able to consolidate itself. Perhaps I have misunderstood something?

We were of the opinion here that a group already existed in Vienna just as in Berlin and now also in Zurich.

Please forgive me for the delay in answering. The break with Bleuler has not left me unscathed.

Once again I underestimated my father complex.

Besides that I am working like mad. I just keep alive in a breathless rush.

It’s high time I got some help.

Unfortunately Honegger is coming only at the end of next week.

Till then I’ll have to let the correspondence pile up unanswered.

I have at last succeeded in getting the Juristic-Psychiatric Society, of which I was president;” off my neck. Etc., etc ….

The founding of our group was a painful affair.

We have about 15 members,” several of them foreigners.

As yet we haven’t got down to debating the statutes because of the difficulties at the Burgholzli, but we have elected Binswanger president and my cousin Dr. Ewald Jung secretary-he is coming along very nicely.

Now the hair in the soup: I proposed holding occasional public meetings and then inviting Burgholzli, etc.

Binswanger declared he would accept the vote for president only if all meetings were held in common with non-members.

I put it to the vote and my proposal fell through.

So now we have a Society with a few regular members and an audience of nonmembers who do nothing but have all the privileges.

I don’t like it a bit. But what can I do?

I suggested asking your fatherly advice beforehand but this was turned down.

So we in Zurich limp along making a poor show. You won’t be happy about it. Neither shall I.

Leonardo” is wonderful. Pfister tells me he has seen the vulture” in the picture.

I saw one too, but in a different place: the beak precisely in the pubic region.

One would like to say with Kant: play of chance, which equals the subtlest lucubrations of reason.

I have read Leonardo straight through and shall soon come back to it again.

The transition to mythology grows out of this essay from inner necessity, actually it is the first essay of yours with whose inner development I felt perfectly
in tune from the start.

I would like to dwell longer on these impressions and brood quietly on the thoughts which want to unroll in long succession.

But the present rush that has already gone on for several weeks leaves me no peace.

Again many thanks for your friendly advice about Honegger.

Your advice has been anticipated by events.

I had already told Honegger that things ‘simply couldn’t go on as they were.

You can hardly imagine the uproar in my office and the German-French-English caterwaulings my bloodsuckers have set up.

So I beg your forgiveness once more for the delay.

Be patient with me-when Honegger is here I shall be able to breathe more freely and cope with my outer obligations a bit more decently.

I think I have already told you that I received the manuscripts safely, with best thanks.

Many kind regards and again a plea for forgiveness,

Most sincerely,

JUNG ~Carl Jung, Freud/Jung Letters, Vol. 1, Pages 328-331