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To Swami Abhedananda

102 E. 58TH STREET,

24 July 1900.


I would have gladly remained here, but sastāy kisti māt.1 Got a fine berth — one room all to myself — on a fine vessel.2 As soon as August comes it will be a terrible Bhida [crowd] as the companies are reducing prices.

Things are going quite all right. Mr. Johnson has returned to their house, and all the rooms are full except two. You write to Mrs. Crane whether you want to get them or not.

You need not feel the least anxiety about the N.Y. work; it will go as a marriage bull next season. Give my love to Mrs. [Mary B.] Coulston and explain to her the circumstances.

With all love,


  1. ^A Bengali phrase meaning literally "Checkmate when cheap"; that is, "Get while the getting is good".
  2. ^On July 26, 1900, Swami Vivekananda was to board the S.S. Champagne, bound for Le Havre, France, and thence travel by train to Paris.