GANDHI MAHATMA: (1869-1948) Indian Political and Spiritual Leader during the Indian Independence Movement. L.S., M K Gandhi, with one holograph correction, on a blank postcard, The Ashram, Sabarmati, 4th May 1928, to Donald Coats Gates (‘Dear Friend’). Gandhi writes, in full, ‘I thank you for your letter. I have also Dr. Kellogs Cabots book. I am keeping it on my desk in the hope of at least glancing through its pages’. Together with two identical carbon typed copies of letters from Gates to the Very Rev. Edwin J. Van Etten of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, Massachusetts, dated 11th February 1948, expressing his appreciation of the memorial service to Gandhi (‘It was without doubt the most impressive and soul stirring tribute I have ever witnessed’) , adding that ‘In 1926 I wrote a psychograph on Gandhi for Dr. Richard Cabot in his department of Social Ethics at Harvard’, recounting a meeting with Gandhi in Madras and asking if the messages of the three speakers at the memorial service are going to be published. Also including a T.L.S. by Edwin J. Van Etten, one page, 4to, Boston, Massachusetts, 13th February 1948, to Donald Gates, replying to his letter and commenting ‘I had in mind the very thing of which you spoke, namely, the publishing of the addresses….Unfortunately, I did not speak of the matter ahead of time, and in any case, all the speakers had very short notice….When I turned to them afterward, the answer was that they had only a few notes and could not really reproduce what they said.’ VG, 4
Richard Clarke Cabot (1868-1939) American Physician who advanced clinical hematology, was an innovator in teaching methods and a pioneer in social work.