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Letters of Mahatma Gandhi

Letters of Mahatma Gandhi

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Unrevised WARDHA,

June 19, 1935

MY DEAR AMRIT,

The frank admission of one’s proved helplessness does not
make one a coward but may be the beginning of bravery. I am taking
you at your word and dictating. Writing with the left hand is a
pleasure to me but I cannot do it with the same ease and quickness as
with right hand.

Charlie has duly handed your letter. I am returning the photo-
prints with autographs in the manner suggested by you.
I cannot remember Krishnalal Goswami. It may be that he was
in the Ashram during my absence. Charlie says he has distinct
recollection of having seen him in the Ashram. Mahadev has not.
What he has said to you about charkha seems to be correct and shows
that he knows something of the art of spinning. Slivers I am sending
with Charlie. You will tell me how you find them. You should have the
spindles locally made. If you cannot secure good steel, they can be
made of any iron. So long as they are true it does not matter much. A
weak spindle spins as well as any other, so long as it remains true. But
in an inexperienced hand a weak spindle will go wrong more
frequently than a steel spindle.
I am sending you also 450 note-paper sheets and an equal
number of envelopes done up in nine bundles. I was about to have
packets of 50 each pressed and nicely covered in some blank paper,
of course hand-made, when your letter came telling me that I was to
send the sheets coverless and that you would have them dressed up for
the windows. You ask me to give you the price. The bundle that is
coming to you with Charlie and the one that was sent previously to
this were made out of paper which has cost me Rs. 12. Odd sheets that

THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI

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were saved were used up by me. There still remain 150 sheets with me.
The labour of making these I have not counted, nor the price of
material specially prepared for making the envelopes. The price of the
latter can only be trifling. The price of the former cannot today be
estimated. Two or three workers have been at it for some odd days. I
did not ask them to keep a record of all the time that they gave to this
work. Now I have given you enough material to put your own price
on the note-papers and envelopes. The least you have to sell them for
is Rs. 12. But you are at liberty to do what you like with them. Of the
slivers I can say nothing because all I have to pay for is the cotton
purchased from the khaddar bhandar. But I have kept no account of
what has been sent to you. The raw material could not have cost more
than a rupee and a half.

As to Quetta relief I have asked you to reserve for the time
being what you collect. Later on I shall be able to guide you. The
relief will last for some time. Of course this advice has force so long as
you have no definite idea about its direction. Immediately you know
where you would like to spend your donation, you will not hesitate to
do so.

One thing I cannot help asking you to collect for and that is the
Harijan Wells Fund. You will note what I have said1

about it in the

ensuing number of the Harijan.
About the photos you will do what you like with them. They are
your property. I think this covers all the points raised in your two
unanswered letters. There is nothing wrong about the right hand. It
will be all right after due rest.
Love to you both.

BAPU

From the original: C.W. 3716. Courtesy: Amrit Kaur. Also G.N. 6872

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