Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 30 October 1961
Dr. D. W. Winnicott 87 Chester Square S W 1 Sloane 9544
30th October 1961.
1516 Pine Avenue West,
MONTREAL 2, P.Q., Canada.
I am writing this time to ask you for your advice, and I am remembering that you offered to give it.
My visit to U.S.A. has been made a bit more real by an invitation from Goldman of the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Clinic. He asks me to give the annual Rado lectures1 for the year 1961/2. If they can wait till the fall, as you call it, I would like to accept this invitation and its $500.
At the same time I have an invitation from Los Angeles and Van der Heide writes inviting me to pay a visit during the year and gives me the idea that at any rate my expenses would be covered.
I am therefore seriously considering making a trip across the Atlantic after the summer holiday 1962. We must have a holiday next year because this year we went to Finland and worked all the time.
Would you let me know whether you think this a good idea, and if so, how soon in the autumn do Americans begin to come alive? I am thinking of the end of September with the idea of being away three weeks or possibly four. Clare and I like the idea of crossing the Atlantic by boat and it occurred to me that we might go straight to Montreal and fly to New York, but here again we do not know what sort of plans you make at the end of September.
Also when you are writing, it would be very useful if you would tell me anything else that I ought to do. There is another invitation which does not interest me so much, which comes from someone called Elizabeth Lyon, Director of Social Services, The American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. Here again I have an offer with some money in it and a suggestion that the following in New York might be also interested:
The New York Analytic Society.
The Post Graduate Institute for Psychotherapy.
The William Allison White Institute.
The Karen Horney Clinic.
Apparently these people are rather friendly with Fairbairn’s ideas and I see that there is a Dr. Smiley Blanton, the Director. From this distance it is impossible for me to know who is any good and who is not, but on the whole I do not feel inclined to get mixed up with religion or existentialism. The cobbler must stick to his last.
Every good wish,
1 The Annual Rado lectures honour Dr Sandor Rado, a founder of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Clinic and its first director.