To Lala Badri Sah of Almora
7th April ’97.
Just received your kind invitation through telegram. Perhaps you have already heard that I have been attacked by “Diabetes”, a fell disease.
That unsettled all our plans, and I had to run up to Darjeeling, it being very cool and very good for the disease.
I have felt much better since, and the doctors therefore do not want me to move about, as that brings about a relapse. If my present state of health continues for a month or two, I think I will be in a condition to come down to the plains and come to Almora to see you all. I am very sorry that I have caused you a good deal of trouble, but you see it could not be helped — the body was not under my control.
With all love to yourself and other friends in Almora.