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[Letter to Miss Mary Hale]

228 W. 39TH STREET,



10th February, 1896.




     I was astonished at learning that you have not received my letter yet.  I wrote immediately after the receipt of yours and also sent you some booklets of three lectures I delivered in New York.  


These Sunday public lectures are now taken down in shorthand and printed.  Three of them made two little pamphlets, several copies of which I have forwarded to you.  


I shall be in New York two weeks more, and then I go to Detroit to come back to Boston for a week or two.


     My health is very much broken down this year by constant work.  I am very nervous.  I have not slept a single night soundly this winter. I am sure I am working too much, yet a big work awaits me in England.


     I will have to go through it, and then I hope to reach India and have a rest all the rest of my life. I have tried at least to do my best for the world, leaving the result to the Lord.  


Now I am longing for rest. Hope I will get some, and the Indian people will give me up.  How I would like to become dumb for some years and not talk at all!  


I was not made for these struggles and fights of the world.  I am naturally dreamy and restful, I am a born idealist, can only live in a world of dreams; the very touch of fact disturbs my visions and makes me unhappy.  They will be done!


     I am ever ever grateful to you four sisters; to you I owe everything I have in this country.  May you be ever blessed and happy.  


Wherever I be, you will always be remembered with the deepest gratitude and sincerest love.  The whole life is a succession of dreams.  My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.  


My love to all—to Sister Josephine.


Ever your affectionate brother,







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