I got your letter of the 10th inst. five days ago. Your trust in me
and affection for me are there to be seen in every line but what about
my amazing limitations? My shoulders are too weak to bear the burden
you wish to impose upon me. My regard for you pulls me in one direction,
my reason in the opposite and it would be folly on my part to surrender
reason to emotion in a question like the one that faces me. I know
that if I undertake the trust I would not need to go into details
of administration but it does imply capacity for financing the Institution
and what I heard two days ago has deepened my reluctance for I understand
that in spite of your promise to me in Delhi you are about to go to
Ahmedabad on a begging expedition. I was grieved and I would ask you
on bended knee to forgo the expedition if it is really decided upon.
And in any case I would beg of you to recall my appointment as one
of the trustees.
With love and reverence,