4 June 2008
GANDHI, Mohandas K. (1869-1948). Autograph letter signed ('M.K. Gandhi') to Safeya Zaghloul [the widow of Saad Zaghloul], S.S. Pilsna, 21 December 1931, in English, one page, 8vo, envelope.
'LET US TRY TO FREE OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES FROM FOREIGN DOMINATION'. A planned visit to Egypt has evidently not come to pass, and Gandhi expresses his regrets: 'I had indeed looked forward to meeting you and paying my respects to your great husband's tomb. But it was not to be. If however it is God's will I do someday expect to visit your beautiful land and make your acquaintance. Meanwhile let us try to free our respective countries from foreign domination'.
Saad Zaghloul had been a central figure of the movement which had brought about the end of the British protectorate in Egypt in 1922 (though, as Gandhi implies, continuing British influence kept the country well short of full independence), and was prime minister from 26 January to 24 November 1924. He died in 1927. In December 1931 Gandhi was on his way back to India from London after the second Round Table Conference on the future of British India.
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