March 24, 1926
I had your telegram but no acknowledgement of my letters. You
would not want me to recommend in the pages of Young India which I may
not myself approve of. This proposed collection for South Africa is, in my
opinion, a mistake. I cannot understand the purpose. The fifty thousand rupees
granted by the Imperial Citizenship Association surely ought to be enough, and
necessity being shown, a further grant can be had from the Association. And as
long as there is money in the Association for such purposes as the South
African, I think it is wrong to ask the public to pay anything. Nor in my
opinion is the position in any way changed from what it was at Cawnpore when I
gave my opinion against a collection. I would gladly write if you or Sorabji can convince me.
I am glad you have been able to collect much yarn. I suppose I shall receive it in due course. More when we meet.
From: SN 19378; Collected Works, Volume 30, page 164