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Received Simla, 1881.

Your letter received. I believe you had better try and see whether you could not make your ideas less polemical and dry than his. I begin to think there may be some stuff in you, since you are able so to appreciate my beloved friend and brother. I have attended to the Brahmin boy's letter and erased the offensive sentence replacing it with another. You can now show it to the Maha Sahib; him so proud in his bakbak humility and so humble in his pride. As


polemical means being argumentative or attacking a point of view.

Maha Sahib is here a reference to A. O. Hume.

bakbak is a Hindi word for “meaningless conversation”; chit-chat.