2 December 2004
GHANDI, M.K. A series of one autograph letter signed, three letters signed, five autograph postcards signed, three postcards signed and one postcard written on Gandhi's behalf to Professor A.S. Wadia, Yeravda Central Prison, Segaon Wandha, Bombay, and elsewhere, 2 November 1932 - 18 October 1939, together 6 pages, 8°, in autograph, 6 pages, 8° and 4°, in other hands (letter of 21 December 1938 split through at folds); four envelopes.
'LET OUR FAITHS SUSTAIN US'
Gifts of fruit, and arguments over non-violence, religion and prejudice. The early letters thank Wadia for gifts of tomatoes and oranges left for Gandhi at the gates of Yeravda prison -- one letter informs Wadia that his three oranges 'will be for three weeks Gandhiji's last meal'. An autograph postcard of December 1936 articulates Gandhi's principles of non-violent political protest: 'There is no violence in word when a person describes a person or a corporation as he honestly believes either to be. There would if he follows up unflattering description by asking his hearers to inflict injury on the person or persons composing the coroporation'. Later letters refer to an article submitted by Wadia for the Harijan in which he describes 'even apposite verses in the four Gospels as apocryphal'; Gandhi eventually refuses to publish the article because of inaccuracies. In December 1938 (in a letter now split into fragments) he rather testily refuses to publish a letter 'because it gives the testimony of a visitor who could not possibly see things in their true light. I have not the time to argue or I should convince you from facts that prejudice against colour is on the wane'. A final word on this dispute comes in January 1939: 'I won't argue. Let our faiths sustain us'. (12)
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