Chronology
Addressee

CXLI

To Sister Christine

MARSEILLES,

23rd July 1899.

MY DEAR CHRISTINA,

Your very, very welcome wire just came. By next Sunday1 we arrive in London, Albert Dock.2 We are a party of four: myself, another Sannyasin,3 a Calcutta boy4 going to study in America, and Miss [Margaret] Noble. Miss Noble is a young lady from Wimbledon, near London, who has been working in India on the education of girls.

Our stay in England will not be long, I am afraid, as this is neither the season nor am I in fit condition to work much. Anyhow, we will be in London a few weeks — at least myself — then go to the U.S. We will talk over all this and infinite things besides when we meet. I do not think even English summer days are long enough for all the chatter I will assail you with.

We go to Wimbledon for a day or two, and then I come back to London and find lodgings for myself and make plans.

Come to the Dock if that is possible and discreet. Yes, it is discreet, as there is a lady in the party and others will come to meet her. Only, Christina, don't if you feel the least tired or unwell. I hope you are enjoying London immensely.

The Orientals do not like any effusion of feeling. They are trained to hide all expression.

Is Mrs. Funkey [Mary Caroline Funke] with you? If so, give her my best love.

I am much, much better just now. I am really quite another man this time. I was nearly dead in Calcutta when I started, but this voyage has improved me immensely.

Hoping soon to see you,

Ever yours in the Lord,

VIVEKANANDA.

  1. ^Perhaps at Marseilles Swami Vivekananda received information that their ship, the S.S. Golconda, would reach London on Sunday (July 30, 1899); however, he later learned that it would reach there on Monday (July 31, 1899). In order to inform Christina of the change, the Swami sent her a telegram from Camberwell, B.O. on July 30: "Golconda due docks 6 a.m. Monday".
  2. ^The S.S. Golconda actually arrived at the Tilbury Dock in London, instead of the Albert Dock, on Monday morning.
  3. ^Swami Vivekananda's brother-disciple Swami Turiyananda.
  4. ^Satish Chandra Chakravarty, Swami Saradananda's brother.