June 14, 1919
My dear friend:
A beautiful, calm, swirling sea has succeeded a week of angry storm-tossed
waters, and it is somewhat symbolic of my general condition... I too am
beginning to feel calm and smiling. It does not behove me to judge the other
epithet except perhaps as regards my clothes!
The passengers are like myself responsive to the better weather and I have no
doubt that by the end of the voyage all the sick and sorry hearts of men and
women will find healing and strength according to their varied needs!
Mrs. ??? , Ramaswami and ??? make a cheery (?) trio. And Jinnah sits aloof in
haughty isolation from all the world and his little wife never leaves her cabin,
People are just beginning to thaw towards one another. (The heat is enough to
melt even British ice!) There is one dear old ICS demi-god who loves to talk to
me, a monologue against satyagraha and Home Rule - he is very - ??
on someone called Gandhi and I have the greatest fun in teasing him. Sir Thomas
Holland is on board and he is of course very interesting though antagonistic in
his friendly fashion.
The further I go away from India the more my heart clings to it and I am full of
anxiety as to what is going to happen during my absence. I should love to have
been with you through every stage of the battle and to have shared every
difficulty and danger.
But you know that at present with my broken health I should have been, save in
spirit, a poor soldier - and so I go to recover my health, renew my spirit and
reestablish all my faith and hope - perhaps charity - (the old Caritas)
firmly beyond all change.
And so my friend, whom I am proud to call my leader and guide, Namaskar.
I carry your benediction with me as a talisman, and in return I send you - and
through you to my comrades - faithful affection and greeting.
One line by way of postscript to my letter already posted - to
say that I have only just heard that the Lyceum Club has shifted its quarters,
so my safest address will be c/o Thomas Cook & Sons, Ludgate Circus, London,
I hope Chandra Sekhara has duly arrived and received your
From: SN 6652