Letter to Kazimierz Twardowski written 21.10.1931

In Lviv, 21/10/1931

Most Honourable Professor!

Please graciously accept my most cordial wishes on the occasion of your birthday. First of all, obviously, wishes for a speedy recovery and the cessation of insupportable pain and discomfort. We all acutely feel your absence from the field of philosophical work in Lviv (I speak above all of the meetings of the Philos. Soc.) and eagerly await the moment we see you again in your old place in the meeting hall of the Philosophical Seminar.

At the same time, I’m very sorry to be sending these wishes by post instead of offering them in person. This is due to two reasons: first, the fear of contributing to exacerbating your fatigue on a day when you already have a great many visitors; second, the fact that I’m so overloaded with work that even with the best intentions it’s difficult for me to carve the hour that’d be necessary to come to see you out of the working day, especially given that the first half of the week is very hard for me. This morning, for example, I had 5 hours in school; on top of that, a lecture in the evening for which I have to prepare. Yesterday was similar. And moreover, I still have to deal with finishing papers which I recklessly promised in spring of the current year, not having foreseen that the conditions for my original philosophical work would continue to deteriorate. As a result, I still have various backlogs in the work I have to accomplish. And so I’m writing this letter only today, although I’ve been intending to do so for a few days already. As a result, my wishes will arrive late. Please don’t hold this against me.

For several weeks I’ve been planning to see you, because I have several matters to discuss, inter alia the matter of my debt to the Philosophical Soc., the matter of a proposal that Prof. Liebert addressed to me some time ago, which I didn’t want to arrange on my own responsibility, etc. Apart from the lack of time, the reason I’ve postponed a visit to you is the fear that I may arrive at an unsuitable time. Accordingly, I’d be very grateful if you’d be so good as to inform me, possibly through Dr Dąmbska, on which day and at what time I may come to see you. As for me, I’m available on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons.

I enclose expressions of profound esteem and true veneration


Roman Ingarden