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CCXV

To Miss Josephine MacLeod

GOPAL LAL VILLA, BENARAS CANTONMENT

7th Feb. 1902.

MY DEAR JOE —

We have safely reached Benaras, and Mr. Okakura [Kakuzo] has already done Benaras. He goes to see Sarnath (the old Buddhistic place) today and starts on his tour tomorrow.

He has asked Niranjan [Swami Niranjanananda] to accompany him and he has consented.

Kanay [Nirbhayananda] has supplied him with everything he asked for — and he asks me also to send you the accounts. This, on the other page.

I hope Nivedita and Mrs. [Ole] Bull have safely arrived. I am rather better than at Buddha Gaya. This house is nice — well furnished and has a good many rooms and parlours. There is a big garden all round and beautiful roses — and gigantic trees. It is rather cooler here than at Gaya. There was no hitch to our friends being admitted into the chief temple and [allowed to] touch the Sign of Shiva and to worship. The Buddhists, it seems, are always admitted.

With all love and welcome to Mrs. Bull and Nivedita — if they have arrived — and all to you,

VIVEKANANDA

[Enclosed in the above letter was the following accounts list.]

4TH FEBRUARY 1902. Rs 100

Rs.          As.          P.1

Train hire from Gaya to Benares                        20            4              0
Cab hire                                                                 5              0              0
Tel message                                                          2              0              0
Refreshment Room (Morning)                           1              8              0
Cooly hire Gaya                                                    0              10            0
Tobacco etc.                                                         0              5              0
Refreshment Room (Evening)                            2              0              3
Cooly hire (at Benares)                                       1              1              0
Cab hire at Benares                                              1              10            0

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Total                                       34            6              3


5TH FEBRUARY

Paid to Medicine for Mr. K. Okakura                1              8              0
" [Ditto] Oatmeal & corn — flour                      1              4              0
"              Tobacco etc.                                         0              6              3
"              Bread etc.                                              0              2              0
Paid to Barber                                                       0              3              0
"              Fish                                                        0              7              6

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Total                                       3              14            9

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6TH FEBRUARY 1902

Pickles                                                                    1              0              0
Sweetmeats                                                           0              9              0
Carriage hire                                                          1              8              0
Priests of Vishvanath etc.                                   10            4              0

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Total                                       13            5              0

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Things purchased for store at
Gopal Lal Villa before Swamiji's arrival             17            11            9

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Total                                       69            5              9

Paid to Expenses from Calcutta to Buddh—
Gaya                                                                       30            10            3

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Rs.                                          100          0              0

(“P.” stands for pie-s, twelve of them making one Anna (As.) and sixteen annas making one rupee (Rs.).)


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  1. ^"P." stands for pie-s, twelve of them making one Anna (As.) and sixteen annas making one rupee (Rs.).