2 December 2004
WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Autograph letter signed ('Ludwig Wittgenstein') to Alice Ambrose, Hochreit, Hohenberg, Lower Austria, 18 August , 2 pages, 4° (light mark and abrasion affecting one word and touching 2 others). Provenance: Alice Ambrose Laserowitz (1906-2001; sale Doyle, 30 April 2002, lot 12).
'I NEEDN'T SAY THAT I WAS VERY PLEASED INDEED THAT YOU HAD GOT YOUR SCHOLARSHIP; THOUGH I NEVER DOUBTED THAT YOU WOULD GET IT'. Writing from the family estate of Hochreit, Wittgenstein commences by thanking Ambrose for her letter, which he had received two months earlier, before apologising for his failure to reply to it: 'As soon as I got it I sat down to answer it & wrote about half a page. Then I was interrupted, & from that moment the planets were adverse & something always kept me from writing'. After congratulating Ambrose on her scholarship, Wittgenstein anticipates dining with her -- 'I'm sure the American food will be good; but I must say that I don't mind a bit going to Lyon's every day. In fact I'm fond of the place' -- and considers the forthcoming academic year, 'I hope to talk about the foundations of math. next year. Though I certainly shan't begin with it. I wonder what our class will be like!' The letter concludes with regrets that they cannot meet during the vacation as Wittgenstein will only be in Vienna for a few, busy days.
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