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Letters between Crowley and Frieda Haris 1942





[At head of letter]: It was a lovely day today, are you better & could you get out? Rolling Stone Orchard

Campden
March 25th [1942]

My dear Aleister,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I hastily return your sample sheet as I don't trust papers a minute, it would get away I am sure.

1. It's lovely paper.
2. The type looks very nice.
3. The price is not outrageous but surely the size, if you mean to put the book in with the cards, is too big. Perhaps you mean to publish without, in which case I think you should at least have the photographs of the cards reproduced don't you think?

I enclose a cutting from the Evesham Journal. Written by Gosse & quite good I think.

I am having a funny time with the Show, very stuffy old ladies & very ancient men. But the children! I don't understand, they crowd in after school. I must have had at least 8 little boys today & they ask intelligent questions & go solemnly round & stare. I have amused myself with asking them which one they liked. Oh yes! they know at once & generally I find it is the picture which fits with the month in which they have been born. But one little boy aged 6, a little gnome-like person obstinately declared for the Aeon. I tried to move him but he clung to it--. What chord did it strike in him? Those clear eyes looked so gravely at me.

"I walked home with a gold dark boy And never a word I'd say Chimborazo, Cotopaxi Had taken my speech away

I gazed entranced upon his face Fairer than any flower O shining Popocatapetl It was thy magic hour

The houses, people, traffic seemed Thin fading dreams by day, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi Had stolen my soul away."

Also a little person aged 2, scuttling & crawling, was asked which picture: Straight she went to No 2. Cups, Love. I though she would forget & asked her again 10 minutes later & she toddled off to the same picture. "That" she said again.

Then they asked me "What is the meaning of `Lust'." That's a knockout blow for a poor adult.

So somewhat timorously I said "Well you must understand the feeling of it. Now how do you feel if you see nice chocolates & there, you get them & how good they taste. That is a picture of how you feel about those chocolates." And then we had a lovely conversation about our favorite sweets & yum yum over sticky toffee & the sweets that took longest to suck. But such concentration, how I envied them.

I will try to send you Sol in Aries picture. [?] Mercury is photographed but do I know I like him. We shall tell when we see the photographs but all these reproducers are constipated. Where are the 2 new cards from the Sun--Oh dear!

I hope Pussy has sent you the poems by now. It is my fault I have been supine. My rib is better but stops sleep.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours ever,

Frieda

Rolling Stone Orchard
Campden

May 9th [1942]

Dear Aleister,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I have written to Pearson to ask him to send you a copy of an estimate which I have been trying to get from the Sun Engraving. This, it was agreed, should cover all possible expences & give us 1000 packs of cards at [L]1/10 each instead [of] [L]10 a pack & only a 100 packs. This includes boxes & any additional expence not tax which must be left to the Sun Engraving to arrange with their usual agent.

I am concerned at this part payment & buying single blocks. It is not a good proposition because the question arises is the new block the property of Hylton, yours or mine or whose? I foresee great complications & would suggest we should have a 3rd party to whom all subscriptions should be paid, even if it means forming a limited Tarot Co. with a treasurer.

How would Madge Porter do if I could get her to take it on? If you don't like that idea--would Hylton do it or Cecil. You & I with the possible chance of profits (I don't think) should not be recipients of casual cheques or we shall soon be accused of embezzling same. So far I have paid for everything & the question has not arisen.

Love is the law, love under will

Yours

Frieda Harris [P.S.] I am very feeble. I can't do a day's job & everyone seems to lean on me & hope I will do it for them--I feel nothing is worth troubling about except leisure.

Rolling Stone Orchard

Campden

May 14, 1942

My dear Aleister,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I am sorry I cannot allow my pictures to be reproduced as a pack of cards unless I know who the person is who is putting down the money, the exact details of your plan and how you propose to raise so large a sum and am satisfied that the securities are real business proposition and the scheme is a sound one.

As all this fuss and worry is too much for me will you kindly write fully to my bank manager and not to me, as in future I want to leave these complicated business agreements to experts.

I shall not reply to you again about them or discuss them with you.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours,

Frieda Harris.

[P.S.] The Sun Engraving have enough cardboard to do 1000 packs. Address The Bank Manager Midland Bank Chipping Campden Glos.

[Crowley to Pearson, the photoengraver]

STRICTLY PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE

140 Picadilly,
W.1. May 29th, 1942.

Dear Mr. Pearson,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Thank you for your letter received this morning. In view of future relations I think it of the utmost importance that I should make the situation clear to you. I should have preferred to do this by word of mouth; and yet perhaps a letter may, in the long run, serve the purpose better.

As you know, odd cards have been reproduced by you as funds became available.

My very old and very dear friend Mr. Hylton was good enough to send me [L]15.-.- for the purpose of producing one more trump, but on discovering that two could be done for an extra [L]5.-.- or a little less, I sent you the additional amount out of my own pocket. Lady Harris, naturally, accepted this enthusiastically, and sent you the originals necessary.

Let me say in parenthesis that one of the principal points in wishing this to be done was that a friend of mine, who is proposing to finance the entire production, wanted to see one of the smaller cards, so that he might feel sure that they would stand up to the trumps.

The next thing is that, to my amazement, I received a letter from Lady Harris, including the following passage:--

"I am concerned at this part payment and buying single blocks. It is not a good proposition because the question arises is the new block the property of Hylton, yours or mine or whose?

I foresee great complications & would suggest we should have a third party to whom all subscriptions should be paid, even if it means forming a limited Tarot Co. with a treasurer. How would Madge Porter do if I could get her to take it on? If you don't like that idea--would Hylton do it or Cecil. You and I with the possible chance of profits (I don't think) should not be recipients of casual cheques or we shall soon be accused of embezzling same."

Lady Harris never reads my letters carefully. I had told here that these blocks were a present to us.

Madge Porter is a dear little old lady, who lives in a remote cottage in a wood some distance from Newbury. She is only approachable by a cart-track through the wood, and has no telephone.

I wrote to Lady Harris explaining the situation and then received the following letter:

"May 14, 1942

"My dear Aleister,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I am sorry I cannot allow my pictures to be reproduced as a pack of cards unless I know who the person is who is putting down the money, the exact details of your plan and how you propose to raise so large a sum and am satisfied that the securities are real business proposition and the scheme is a sound one.

As all this fuss and worry is too much for me will you kindly write fully to my bank manager and not to me, as in future I want to leave these complicated business agreements to experts.

I shall not reply to you again about them or discuss them with you.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours,

Frieda Harris"

If only she would have stuck to that! But instead of leaving things to her Manager, she takes away the originals from you. I suppose that you had already started work on the two cards. I can well understand your annoyance.

I should like to emphasise that I am absolutely devoted to Lady Harris, and have the evidence of countless acts of kindness on her part, indicating that her feelings toward me are similar.

But from time to time she is subject to fits of panic in which she does the most incomprehensible things. For instance, she writes to people who are perfect strangers to her with the object of interfering with their relations with me. I do not wish to quote incidents, but I assure you that the facts are astounding.

To recur to the present situation. In the first place, I have a two-thirds interest in this work on the Tarot. As to the cards themselves, in nearly every case she has done her painting from sketches made by me, and in every case the design and meaning of the card and the particular colours to be used have been entirely my work. There has been no cause of dispute. In fact, she has been most docile in adapting herself to my requirements; in some cases I have made her do the card over again as many as six or seven times.

There is no reason whatever why she should go back on the proposition to reproduce these two cards. You told me that her reason was that she though four should have been reproduced at once. But in that case why not tell me? I should gladly have put up the additional money required.

I am sorry to have had to write to you at such length, about what is, after all, nothing at all; and I daresay that you were quite right in suggesting to me over the telephone that if she were left alone she would come to her senses.

But the point at issue is this: I cannot possibly ask my friend to put up [L]1600 if at any moment she is liable to dash in on an impulse and whisk the originals away!

For this reason, I am going to ask my solicitors, Messrs. Gisborne & Lewis, 10 Ely Place, W.1., to draw up a proper business Contract, which will make it impossible for her to interfere with the work, once the financial arrangements with my friend are completed.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours sincerely

Aleister Crowley

[P.S.] It seems important that you should understand my motive. To me this Work on the Tarot is an Encyclopoedia of all serious "occult" philosophy. It is a standard Book of Reference, which will determine the entire course of mystical and magical thought for the next 2000 years. My one anxiety is that it should be saved from danger of destruction, by being reproduced in permanent form, and distributed in as many distant places as may be. I am not anxious to profit financially; if I had the capital available in this country, I should send (say) 200 copies to State Libraries in all parts of the world, and as many more to my principal representatives.

A.C.









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