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Saturday, December 1st 2018

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Daily Reading




To Mr. F. Leggett





C/O MISS DUTCHER, 


THOUSAND ISLAND PARK, N. Y.


7th July, 1895.


DEAR FRIEND,


I see you are enjoying New York very much, so excuse my breaking into your reverie with a letter.


I had two beautiful letters from Miss MacLeod and Mrs. Sturges. Also they sent over two pretty birch bark books. I have filled them with Sanskrit texts and translations, and they go by today's post.


Mrs. Dora is giving, I hear, some startling performances in the Mahatma line.


Since leaving Percy I have invitations to come over to London from unexpected quarters, and that I look forward to with great expectations.


I do not want to lose this opportunity of working in London. And so your invitation, coupled with the London one, is, I know, a divine call for further work


I shall be here all this month and only have to go to Chicago for a few days sometime in August.


Don't fret, Father Leggett, this is the best time for expectation — when sure in love. 


Lord bless you ever and ever, and may all happiness be yours for ever, as you richly deserve it.


Ever yours in love and affection,


VIVEKANANDA





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To Miss. Alberta Sturges





19 W. 38, NEW YORK,


8th July, 1895.


DEAR ALBERTA,


I am sure you are engrossed in your musical studies now. Hope you have found out all about the scales by this time. I will be so happy to take a lesson on the scales from you next time we meet.


We had such jolly good time up there at Percy with Mr. Leggett — isn't he a saint? 


Hollister is also enjoying Germany greatly, I am sure, and I hope none of you have injured your tongues in trying to pronounce German words — especially those beginning with sch, tz, tsz, and other sweet things.


I read your letter to your mother from on board Most possibly I am going over to Europe next September. I have never been to Europe yet. It will not be very much different from the United States after all. And I am already well drilled in the manners and customs of this country.


We had a good deal of rowing at Percy and I learnt a point or two in rowing. Aunt Joe Joe had to pay for her sweetness, for the flies and mosquitoes would not leave her for a moment. They rather gave me a wide berth, I think because they were very orthodox sabbatarian flies and would not touch a heathen. Again, I think, I used to sing a good deal at Percy, and that must have frightened them away. We had such fine birch trees. I got up an idea of making books out of the bark, as was used to be done in ancient times in our country, and wrote Sanskrit verses for your mother and aunt. 


I am sure, Alberta, you are going to be a tremendously learned lady very soon. 


With love and blessings for both of you





Ever your affectionate,





SWAMI VIVEKANANDA.





(Note: If this letter was dated correctly, it was written from Thousand Island Park. He went to New York a month later and stayed at 19W, 38th St, which was Mary Phillips' residence. He might have mentioned this address as a return address for Alberta Sturges.)









 



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