The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 8/Epistles - Fourth Series/XVI Sisters
To the Hale Sisters
12th March, 1894.
I am now living with Mr. Palmer. He is a very nice gentleman. He gave a
dinner the night before last to a group of his old friends, each more than
60 years of age, which he calls his "old boys' club". I spoke at an opera
house for two hours and a half. People were very much pleased. I am going to
Boston and New York. I will get here sufficient to cover my expenses there.
I have forgotten the addresses of both Flagg and Prof. Wright. I am not
going to lecture in Michigan, Mr. Holden tried to persuade me this morning
to lecture in Michigan but I am quite bent upon seeing a little of Boston
and New York. To tell you the truth, the more I am getting popularity and
facility in speaking, the more I am getting fed up. My last address was the
best I ever delivered. Mr. Palmer was in ecstasies and the audience remained
almost spellbound, so much so that it was after the lecture that I found I
had spoken so long. A speaker always feels the uneasiness or inattention of
the audience. Lord save me from such nonsense, I am fed up. I would take
rest in Boston or New York if the Lord permits. My love to you all. May you
ever be happy!
Your affectionate brother,