Gandhi, Bombay June 9, 1939. The letter read as follows:
Mon Dear friend,
Friends have encouraged me to write to you on behalf of humanity. I resisted their request, thinking that a letter from me would be impertinent. But something tells me that I shouldn't do any math and that I should make this call, no matter what the cost.
It is quite clear that today you are the only person in the world who can prevent the start of a war that can reduce humanity to the wild.
Do you have to pay this price to reach your goal, as precious as it seems to you? Will you listen to the call of a man who deliberately avoided the solution of the war, not without some success? I nevertheless ask for your forgiveness in case I made a mistake while writing to you.
I remain your sincere friend.
SD. Mr. MK Gandhi.