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To Sister Nivedita
THE MATH, BELUR,
March 2nd, 1899
MY DEAR MARGOT,
Will you look into your trunks for a Sanskrit book of mine, which was, you know, in your keeping in Kashmir. I do not find it in our library here.
I have been thinking of your friend Miss [Sarala] Ghosal's coming to see the Math on Sunday. The difficulty is here. The ebb tide will be on till 5 p.m. In that case our big boat can go down easily to bring the party up; and going back, if the party starts long before 5 p.m., say 4 p.m., will be all right. To come up will take at least two hours from Baghbazar. If the party starts from Baghbazar â say at 12 a.m. â and reaches the Math at 2 p.m. for lunch and then starts back by 4 p.m., it will be nice.
If you cannot start as early as that, I will advise you to send the carriage to wait at Baranagore on the other side so that our boat can ferry the party over any time they like. The boat journey in that case will only be on coming.
With all love and blessings,
To Ishwar Chandra Ghosh
6th March '99
MY DEAR SIR,
Many thanks for your kind invitation. I am so sorry that so many days' delay should occur in reply to your note.
I was very ill at the time, and the gentleman on whom the duty fell of replying could not do it, it seems. I got notice of it just now.
I am not yet sufficiently recovered to take advantage of your kindness. This winter I had made it a point of visiting your part of the country. But my Karma will have otherwise. I will have to wait to give myself the pleasure of visiting the seat of civilisation of ancient Bengal.
With my thanks again for all your kindness, I remain,
Yours in the Lord,