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graceful superstition and immorality permeating this community, are notorious. You have from the very first set your face against these evils; and were I to mention all that you have done to root them out, it would take up much greater space than at my command. I shall therefore simply content myself by saying that the cause of social reform and progress, and of liberty and morality, has not a greater friend than yourself. Perhaps the outside world does not know the one tenth of the sacrifices you have made in its behalf. But, Sir, time will fail me to speak of your numerous but unostensible charities, the timely aid given to poor friends, and many of her acts of a similar nature. In view of all this, the words of our worthy Governor in the meeting of the last Convocation of the University appear most just and appropriate. His Excellency said, ““Mr. Karsandas Mahadhavdas has by a long and consistent course of self secrifice inseparably connected his name with the cause of truth, enlightenment, and civilization in India.” Every person who has watched your public career with an impartial eye, will heartly endorse the opinion so elegantly expressed by Sir Bartle Frere.

And now, Sir, permit me to say in a single word that my chief reason in thus bringing forward your name before the public is that your example may be followed by others. We need friends like you, and I pray that many among the Hindu Shetts will catch your spirit, and make themselves useful to their countrymen as you have done. That the Almighty may spare you long, and bless you with every blessing is the ardent prayer of

Your obedient servant,


SHA'KERRA'M DALPATRA'M.


Surat, 27th July, 1865.