Gandhi expresses his opinion of Americans. He writes from Yeravda Prison where he had been incarcerated since February 1932. Muriel Lester (1883–1968) was travelling secretary for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. She had met Gandhi on her first visit to India in 1926, and in the fall of 1931 he stayed with her at Kingsley Hall where a reception was held. His correspondent had supplied him with a description of that reception, which Gandhi refers to in opening: "It was a joy to receive your letter of the 11th November and to have a description of the reception to Muriel. Of what you say of the love of Americans for India I get a weekly proof in the shape of hearty letters from them. I know that they are not all superficial."
His correspondent had sent him a quotation from Eugene Debs: "While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison I am not free" and Gandhi comments: "Yes, I had read that beautiful saying of Eugene Debs, but it would bear repetition a thousand times. I thank you for your letter, and treasure your love."
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