[Sir William Meyer describes Gandhi as 'a very remarkable character'.] Printed pamphlet: 'Lecture on the Position of India in the Empire delivered to the Working Men's Club, Mornington Crescent, London, on 4th February, 1922'.

Author: 
Sir William Meyer, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I. [Mahatma Gandhi; British India]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the High Commissioner for India. 1922.
£120.00
SKU: 22929

25pp, 8vo. Stapled pamphlet in blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, but with rusted staples which have caused the covers to become detached. Meyer's aim is to give 'an impartial picture of the past and the present of India'. Towards the end is a paragraph beginning: 'The extremists, as I have said, have not taken part in the elections and in the Legislatures they produced, but they are still very active, and their present leader, Mr. Gandhi, is a very remarkable character. He is an idealist of the school of Tolstoy, out of touch with practical affairs.' He discusses his 'doctrine of Swaraj', his 'proclaimed boycott of British goods' and his 'panacea for India'. Regarding the practice of 'passive disobedience' Meyer comments: 'Once you stir up people to disobey the law, it is impossible to prevent the lower strata from resorting to active rowdyism, and Mr. Gandhi has himself to deplore the excesses that followed his pronouncements on the occasion of the Prince of Wales' arrival in Bombay.' Meyer ends the pamphlet: 'What the future may bring forth, I do not presume to say, save that, as I have already remarked, I am by nature an optimist, and believe profoundly in the British Empire, and in India as an integral and autonomous part thereof.' Now rare. From the papers held at the headquarters of the National Indian Association and the Northbrook Society, 21 Cromwell Road, London.