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, I had a chat with Jayshankar Buch. During the chat headvised me to apply to the Junagadh
State to give me a scholarship toproceed to London, I being an inhabitant of Sorath
. I do notperfectly remember the answer I made to him that day. I suppose Ifelt the impossibility of getting the scholarship. From that [time] I hadin my mind the intention of visiting the land. I was finding the meansto reach that end.On 13th April, 1888, I left Bhavnagar to enjoy the vacation inRajkot. After 15 days of vacation, my elder brother and I went to seePatwari. On our return my brother said : “We would go to see MavjiJoshi
“, and so we went. Mavji Joshi asked me as usual how I did.Then put some questions about my study in Bhavnagar. I plainly toldhim that I had hardly any chance of passing my examination firstyear. I also added that I found the course very difficult. Hearing this,he advised my brother to send me as soon as possible to London forbeing called to the Bar. He said the expense will be only Rs. 5,000.“Let him take some
. There he will cook some food forhimself and thereby there will be no objection about religion. Don’treveal the matter to anybody. Try to get some scholarship. Apply toJunagadh and Porbandar States. See my son Kevalram
, and if you failin getting the pecuniary help and if you have no money, sell yourfurniture. But anyhow send Mohandas to London. I think that is theonly means to keep the reputation of your deceased father.” All of our family members have great faith in what Mavji Joshi says. Andmy brother who is naturally very credulous made a promise to MavjiJoshi to send me to London. Now was the time for my exertions.On that very day my brother, notwithstanding his promise tokeep the matter secret, told the thing to Khushalbhai
. He, of course,approved of it in case I could observe my religion. The very day itwas told to Meghjibhai
. He quite agreed with the proposal andoffered to give me Rs. 5,000. I had some faith in what he said. Andwhen the matter was disclosed to my dear mother, she reproached me
Former princely States in Gujarat
A district in Saurashtra
Priest family friend and adviser of the Gandhi
Leading lawyer of Kathiwan.
Gandhiji’s cousin and father of Chhaganlal and Maganlal both of whomworked ‘with him in South Africa.