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98. To A Friend1
Bhangi Colony,
New Delhi,
July 26, 1947
DEAR FRIEND,
I was much touched by your letter of 19th instant. I wholly agree with you that the number of years a person lives in this world is of no consequence whether to him or to the world but even a day spent in true service of man¬kind is of supreme and only importance. I further agree with you that hope and faith are as often as not synony¬mous terms. Of course good is eternal, evil transitory.
I must abide by my statement. There can be no place for a man of peace in a society full of strife. Please do not look at my bad imperfect English but consider the heart of my meaning. I am sure you will agree with me that a man of peace is out of place in a society full of strife. He must know this fact and yet work and act in that society. I wonder if I have at all made my meaning clear. There is no such thing as surrender in me to the spirit of evil.
I do hope that your physical illness is under control.
Love to you all,
Yours,

From a photostat: S.N. 22666

1 Probably Carl Heath