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To Sister Christine
102 East 58th Street,
27th June 1900.
This is my plan just now. I will have to remain in New York a few days yet to see my books through. I am going to publish another edition of Karma-Yoga and the London lectures in a book form. Miss Waldo is editing them, and Mr. Leggett will publish.
Then, I think, if I am to remain in this country a few weeks more, it is better that you get a rest and change. Newport 155 is a celebrated seaside place--four hours from New York. I am invited there. I will go there this week and, as promised, I [will] find quiet and retirement and freedom. I will try to find a place for you and wire you as soon as found.
I am sure in Detroit you cannot have rest. A little change of place and quiet from time to time is a great factor in renewing one's vigour
.Well, if you think that you would have better rest and quiet in Detroit, drop a line and I come. It is only seventeen hours from New York to Detroit, and I am quite strong to undertake it. I am free to go already; only I really want you to take a good, long rest for some weeks at least.
Don't be afraid of expenses. Mother has amply provided that and will provide, so long I am unselfish.
Think [over] all the pros and cons, and write at your earliest convenience.
I am going to Newport anyway, just to see what it looks like. I will write you all about [it] as soon as I am there.
Ever yours in the Lord,
To Mrs. Alice (Shanti) Hansbrough
The Vedanta Society,
102 E. 58th Street, New York, N.Y.
[End of June 1900]
Dear Mrs. Hansbrough--
I have not written you a line since you left San Francisco. I am well and things are going on well with me. I am in New York once more, where they have got now a home for the Society and their headquarters. I and the other Swamis also live there.
A San Francisco lady [Miss Minnie C. Boock] now here owns a plot of land near Mt. Hamilton, 12 miles east of Lick observatory--160 acres in area. She is going to make us a present of it. It would be nice for a summer gathering for us in California.Â
If friends like to go there now, I will send them the written authority. Will you write to Mrs. Aspinall and Miss Bell etc., about it? I am rather desirous it should be occupied this summer as soon as possible. There is only a log cabin on the land; for the rest they must have tents.
I am sorry I can not spare a Swami yet.
With all love to you and Mrs. [Carrie Mead] Wyckoff and the baby of the family.
Ever yours in the Truth,
P.S. Tell Helen [the youngest Mead sister]--I thank her for her kind invitation, but [am] so sorry [I] can not accept it now. After all, you three sisters have become a part of my mind forever. What about the club?