(04/26/1945) Grady McMurtry to Aleister Crowley

1814th Ord S&M Co (Avn)
APO 149, U. S. Army
26 April 1945

Dear Aleister,

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

Have two letters from you that have been trying to get time to answer. Must dash this off in a rush. Thanks for the correspondence re. Smith. Gives me a much better idea about the whole situation.

We are now deep in the heart of darkest Germany, so the legionaire probably said as he wrote to the folks in the old home town some years ago, and seem to be well on our way to getting the war over. If you think the blitz on London was bad you should see some of these cities. Many of their small towns were passed through quickly and are undamaged but I have yet to see a city that wasn’t a large scale rubbish heap. Most from bombing. I suppose there are a few, such as Heidelberg which is supposed to be untouched, but I haven’t found them.

Thanks for the certificate. Which straightens that out. Plan to keep up the $20 per month as long as possible. Certainly for the near future. Once I am placed on inactive duty I may find myself in difficulties.

Grant has neither written concerning Dynamics nor answered my Letter. Perhaps I soared him off with some remark which he may have taken too seriously. If so it was unintentional. Think I’ll write to him again.

Orson Wells should be able to do things in a big way with “Mortadello”. Might be just the thing to start off a whole new line of play writing in verse — just as the ballet skit in “Oklahoma” has set a new fashion on Broadway. To say nothing of reawakening interest in your work.

Perhaps this will make do for Steig’s omission of a:{doodle of a head with flames coming out}
“Portrait of a Man with Technocracy on the Brain”

Here is a bit of verse I had intended sending some time ago. Must go now.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours ever,

Note: Originally published in Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 2001.