(11/29/1943) Aleister Crowley to Grady McMurtry

93 Jermyn St.
SW. 1
Nov. 29 ’43 e.v.

Care Frater Hymenaeus Alpha!

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

Money Order will be the best (safest) way to send the £30.

Most sincere hopes that you can manage a daylight meeting. Also, 6 hours is too long for me at my age to talk continuously. I was quite knocked out. [Not “up”! By the way, nock, not knock, is that sense of the sound (nocking- shop &c). Nock = to copulate: from an old French verb ‘nocer’. “Faire la noce” literally “to make the wedding” is modern slang for “to go on the tiles:]

Yes, it was indeed the morning after. Slept till 10, breakfast, slept till 12.30, milk & Eccles {T.C.} cake, slept till 5.30. Now I’m beginning to pick- up. It would have been all right if we could have taken it easy part of the time, lunch, exploring odd bits of London &c.

Still, I did enjoy it!

Worrying me at the time, but I couldn’t say why, was “healed any battle scars?” Just what you can’t do, nohow: a scar is evidence that the healing has been completed.

You must look out for these fine points: you can’t be too minute in the use of words. It is the grand curse of to-day that hardly any one writes fine English any more.

Love is the law, love under will.


Documents will be sent off to-morrow
Books probably a day later


Note: This letter was written after McMurtry had visited Crowley. Originally published in Thelema Lodge Calendar, August 1995.

(11/29/1943) Aleister Crowley to Grady McMurtry

Note: Thank you to William Heidrick for making this image available.