8th March 1933
Letter : Herbert Davy (
A hurried answer to your so welcome letter of February 4, I note your dates and numbers, and will try and make the best arrangements I can.
1) I have
visited the foreign hotel and on Saturday I am going to inspect the very large
Chinese Hotel which alone is able to accomadate as many as 16 to 20 persons see
if it is fit or no. I have also my eye on some houses but this, though more
private, involves many more problems - besides it might be hot. I have sometime
in which to think this all out. I will provide students as interpreters to help
the parties. And we will have a car - at your disposal in Nanking (
2) For the second part of your visit I would
suggest going to Peking (
3) Two weeks in Peking - if the climate is
favourable ; if not hot, then we'll go to the Western Hills outside
Sorry about the robes - give them to Kitty ( Davy ) to do what she likes with them. I will pay you for the duty.
I hope the present to B. ( Meher Baba ) and Pendu ( Irani ) were amusing and acceptable on His birthday.
How are you ? all well I hope. Many thanks for your words and messages. I am meeting more of the respectable Chinese but not so much of the students. Some of our schemes are progressing but the "Fund" idea is ? --------? standing still, owing to the politics, etc. etc. Anything may happen to the government.
decided not to see about tonsils now. Still is very cold here. Love to all,
with you and to those coming from
Your letter of 14th Feb. has just come will outline new arrangements ----------- P.T.O.
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In answer to your letter of 14 Febuary. Just arrived.
I have been thinking also about health and heat and your plans. May 22nd to May 28th - to do.
I now propose that you go to a hill
station at Mokunshan ( Kunshan ) near
June 4 - 10th, 11th & 24th.
After 10 days you can come by road - in a
special bus from Hangchow to
June 24 - 25 to do -
Train to Peking to Tientsin -- 6 hours --
and from there boat to
I am writing to a German Lady I know who usually runs a boarding house or
rents a large house at Mukunshan, if she agrees then she will supervise house,
food vegetarian ( she knows my tastes for I stayed with her in
I will pay a visit before hand to see if it is quite suitable, and confirm arrangements.
If this fails, we can try
A trip up the Yangtse Gorges is a wonderful experience about 21 days, only you will be tired of boat travelling, so we had better rule that idea out.
I will slow down on the outside activities and now concentrate on the arrangements for B and co ; as you say it is not easy because there are so many difficulties in China over food, water, etc., Bandits, wars.
Would B like me to give Him in
Must stop. Love to all many thanks for your letters.
Love from Herbert
Editor’s Note : None of the arrangements mentioned in this
letter came to pass. Meher Baba’s next
This letter was typed from the original hand-written letter by Anthony Zois