03-08-1914 Jones to Freud

3 August 1914

69 Portland Court, London

Dear Professor Freud,

I wonder if you received my letter a week ago ? This is for everyone a time of concern that communication difficulties make it doubly difficult. I will send this letter in triplicate, in the hope that at least you reach. I have not seen your daughter since my last letter, but I heard from her and her friend. It sounds great and serene, and said nothing of returning to Austria, but that was before the worst news of the war General. If necessary it fits, I could certainly extend to the Austrian border, because there are several ways to go about, and it will be possible throughout the war; but I do not know if train travel is authorized in Austria, or how long the traffic will be suspended for the needs of the army, Thirty or example from Zurich, I await your instructions on this point, as on other, but in the meantime please be assured that your daughter is in good hands and she has many friends in England. She is in excellent health (1).

A letter from Ferenczi tells me he must join the Hussars, but qual-ity of physician. A postcard Rank said nothing of the war. You can imagine how much I look forward to hearing from you, and what happens. Your son have to go under the flags, and how many of our friends are in Vienna- they forced ?

There was little enthusiasm in England. We prejudices against Germany and we do not love Russia, but the fear of the last touches us more closely than the first (2), who wait many years to. Austria is very popular for putting everyone in trouble, but his attitude toward risk slave is fairly well understood. No doubt here, however, Germany and Austria do crush; too much play against them. The whole thing is quite Greek, an irresistible fate precipitating nations into wars that no one is looking, and that can only lead to a general catastrophe. Personally, I am especially upset that America has to benefit both the loss of Europe.

Loe was able to recover Trottie and get him out of fraud, but not without difficulties and hardships untold. She says it is by far the worst experience she ever made in her life. It also goes well we can expect, and has a comfortable home (that her aunt). Trottie almost died, but slowly recovering. Loe buys large quantities of morphine to ship to foreign armies, because when the supply of morphine to be dried, we do not deliver to those who are likely to recover, while desperate cases will die in pain. Is not she wonderful ?

Unfortunately, Jung's lecture in London was a success, McDougall and was so impressed that he will be analyzed by him. I have not heard his communication, but I read, because it was given to me as editor of Journal of Abnormal Psychology. It is a jumble of confused thoughts, diluted with platitudes ; ioint following sample page. The only progress is that a new word, "Horme", for Libido, and "prospective psychology" for Ps-A. as he conceives (3).

A great calm reigns in London, it would be impossible to distinguish from other eras, was the press. Grey announced yesterday that we would intervene if Germany violated the neutrality of Belgium or the German fleet attack undefended coasts of France (4). We are very reluctant here to the idea of ​​being dragged into a war whose stakes are so far, but our protective attitude towards France is an important factor that can play.

I fervently hope to receive some news from you soon, and they are as good as possible. No doubt you will stay for some time in Carlsbad, even if you the opportunity to return to Vienna.

your always thoughtful

Ernest Jones.


1. This last sentence is handwritten, the rest of the letter being typed.

2. "Last" and "first" are surrounded with pen and attached by a line, arrows indicating the need to transpose the two words.

3. This is to avoid any misunderstanding that Jung began to use the word hormé, derived from the Greek, in its English texts ; publications in German, preserves the Libido; see Jung (1915). He also uses the expression "understanding prospective", he opposes what he calls the "retrospective understanding" of Freud (p. 181). [N.d.T. ; understanding of the concept of Jung, cf. C. G. Young, Correspondence, 1906-1940, trad. J. Rigal et F. Périgaut, Paris, Albin Michel, 1992, p. 65-67.]

4. The speech that Sir Edward Grey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, pronounced the 3 August 1914 in the House of Commons appeared in the London Times of 4 August 1914.

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