To Mrs. Hale .
54 W. 33. Newyork [sic]
The 18th March [February] 95
I am sure you are all right by this time. The babies write from time to time and so I get your news regularly, Miss Mary is in a lecturing mood now, good for her. Hope she will not let her energies fritter away now-a penny saved is a penny gained. Sister Isabell has sent me the French Books and the Calcutta pamphlets have arrived but the big Sanskrit books ought to come. I want them badly. Make them payable here if possible or I will send you the postage.
I am doing very well. Only some of these big dinners kept me late and I returned home at 2 o'clock in the morning several days. Tonight I am going to one of these. This will be the last of its kind. So much keeping up the night is not good for me. Every day from II to I o'clock I have classes in my rooms and I talk [to] them till they [grow] tired. The Brooklyn course ended yesterday. Another lecture I have there next Monday.
Bean soup and rice or barley is now my general diet. I am faring well. Financially I am making the ends meet and nothing more because I do not charge anything for the classes I have in my rooms. And the public lectures have to go through so many hands.
I have a good many lectures planned ahead in New York which I hope to deliver by and by. Sister Isabel wrote to me a beautiful letter and the does so much for me. My eternal gratitude to her.
Baby [Harriet McKindley, youngest of the "sisters" ?] has stopped writing I do not know why.
Kindly tell baby to send me a little Sanskrit book which came from India. I forgot to bring it over. I want to translate some passages from it.
Mr. Higgins is full of joy. It was he who planned all this for me and he is so glad that everything succeeded so well.
Mrs. Gurnsey is going to give up this house and going to some other house. Miss [Florence] Gurnsey wants to marry but her father and mother does not like it at all. I am very sorry for her, poor "Sister Jenny"* and so many men are after her. Here is a very rich railway gentleman called Mr Corbin, his only daughter Miss Corbin is very much interested in me. And though she is one of the leaders of the 400, she is very intellectual and spiritual too in a way.
Their house is always choke full of swells & foreign aristocracy. Princes & Barons & what not from all over the world. Some of these foreigners are very bright. I am sorry your home-manufactured aristocracy is not very interesting. Behind her parlor she has a long arbour with all sorts of palms & seats & electric light. There I will have a little class next week of a score of long-pockets. The Fun is not bad. "This world is a great humbug after all" Mother. "God alone is real everything else is a dream only."
Mother temple [Mrs. James Matthews, a married sister of Mr. Hale's] says she does not like to be bossed by you and that is why she does not come to Chicago. She is very happy nearby. Between Swells and Delmonico & Waldorf dinners my health was going to be injured. So I quickly turned a thorough vegetarian to avoid all invitations. The rich are really the salts of this world-they are neither food nor drink. Goodbye for the present.
Your ever affectionate Son