(01/17/1945) Grady McMurtry to Aleister Crowley

1814th Ord S&M Co (Avn)
APO 149. U.S. Army
17 January 1945

Dear A. C.,

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

The Liber De Natura Deorum came in today in good condition. Am anxiously awaiting De Arte Magica.

By the heading you will note that I am in France now. One of the reasons why I haven’t written sooner. Practically impossible to get any work done so far – moving around can disrupt one’s activities for days on end. Then again the locale, area or living facilities into which one moves may not be so comfortable or inductive to writing as one has become accustomed to. And of course one’s primary mission of winning the war always has priority number one on time available.

I don’t suppose you have moved as yet. Or have you? Saw Frieda before leaving London. She said she was coming out to see you that week so perhaps she mentioned the visit. Last time I was able to visit my friends in Brussels I obtained the name of a prominent music director in Paris to whom, should I be lucky enough to visit the French capital in the near future, I shall certainly present La Gauloise – if I can find him. No hope of having Liber Aleph typed off in the near future I don’t suppose. In the meantime am hanging on to Karl’s copy – for which he won’t love me. Speaking of whom – on my return I found a Christmas package from Sascha Andre, and Karl too I presume though his name wasn’t mentioned in the return address. It contained candy, cake and razor blades – items always welcome over here. Have you heard from Kenneth Grant recently? Haven’t had time to write to either him or Louie the 1st although I hope to soon. Which reminds me that I haven’t written to Jack either which I promised you I would do immediately. Having nothing more to discuss at the moment think I will knock off and write to Jack now.

Love is the law, love under will.

{Note in handwriting illegible}

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

(01/17/1945) Grady McMurtry to Aleister Crowley

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