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Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 20 September 1960 

Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 20 September 1960
Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 20 September 1960

Robert Adès

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date: 06 July 2020

Clifford Scott Archives (1903-1997) - National Archive. Ottawa, Canada.

87 Chester Square,

London, S.W.1.

20th September 1960.

Dr. W. Clifford M. Scott,

1516 Pine Avenue West,


Dear Clifford,

A letter in reply to yours is very much overdue and perhaps you have had to send out the notices about the Psycho-Analytic Meeting without putting in a title. The trouble is that I cannot think so far in advance because there are the other two lectures in Montreal and also I am trying to complete a chapter of a book on Modern Concepts in Psycho-Analysis and I am urgently engaged in writing my Congress contribution on The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship; the latter is to be published in the Journal and I must finish it before I leave for Canada.

It struck me that a good thing would be to try out some of this paper on The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship on the Canadian Society, which would enable me to get some help from your own comments which I would very much value. On the other hand I could bring material with me which could be turned into a quite other kind of paper indicating the way my ideas affect my interpretations in my work, which would also perhaps give opportunity for a discussion and for me to learn something. If I have other ideas I will let you know but for the time being I am suggesting that I give your Society a preview of my Congress contribution, which goes along with another on the same subject by Phyllis Greenacre, also to be published in the Journal.

At the moment of writing I am not at all sure that Clare will be able to come. If she cannot come both of us will be very sad about it and I am sure that you and Mady will be disappointed too. I very much look forward to visiting your country house.

Every good wish,


Donald WW