Yes, we have to submit to the most exacting orders1 if we are to learn the art of non-violence. Our submission has therefore to be cheerful and intelligent.
I have your letter. Extra copies ofH a r i j a n will be sent to you. Your description of the meeting in the S. E. of London is entertaining.
Do not expect me to write another autobiography unless you would send me to prison for a fairly long term and procure the necessary permission to write it there. The papers can certainly be collected and printed. Mahadev can do it best. But he is overloaded with work. Nevertheless I shall see what is possible.
I do hope C. F. Andrews was able to go to his sisters. Yes, it is good he proposed to stay there for two weeks. According to his cable, he should have started ere this reaches you. But if he is still there, please tell him he can stay longer if he likes. For the moment I am reconciled to the outdoor life.
Mira is absorbed in her garden work from early morning to late in the evening. Do not expect any letter from her for some time. You see, we are trying to become villagers but we are [far] from the thing. She is the whole-hogger among us all.
If you had told me what to send I would have sent the amount. But you are in the midst of friends. Let the bills come, they would be honoured nevertheless. If you want me to send you cash please write.3
I have told you in my wire that I could easily arrange for your examination in Bombay or Nagpur. My impression is that there is the apparatus in Wardha also. But if the friends there advise otherwise, their advice should be followed.
Chandra is selfish. She prefers to be on the floor from which there is no fall. And she would watch the fun of my slipping from the bed down to the floor and probably having a bump on the forehead. Tell her I shall succumb to none of her wiles.
1K. M. Munshi
2Vide\u201cSpeech at Gujarati Meeting\u201d, 5-10-1909
3The addressee had fallen ill. The expenses of her treatment were being met
The sooner you go to Simla, the better. You will do what work you can from there. It is well to recognize your limitations. Evidently both of you need the change.
Of course your yarn will be utilized. You will have to spin for many months at the present rate before I can get a sari for Ba and a loin-cloth for myself. But that is not just now of consequence. All that will come after your second training here. It is a tragedy that you cannot find anyone in all Jullundur who knows all the processes. When one comes to think of it, the progress of spinning among the so-called cultured classes is very little.
Dalip Singh will find when he settles down to work among the Harijans that they have skill enough to earn a living but that as labourers they do not get employment as easily as the others and that as artisans they do not find customers for their wares. No doubt improvement can be and should be made in their method of dealing with hide. But this will follow his taking up the work. He need not work as a representative of our organization. He can work independently and yet get all the technical assistance he may need from us to the extent of our capacity.
The rain did interfere with our work at Indore but not much. It damaged the village crafts exhibition that was held as a side show. The women\u2019s meeting too went off quite nicely. Thousands of them came out, many perhaps for the first time in their lives.
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