[GANDHI, MOHANDAS K. 1869-1948.]
CADIR, ABDUL, et al. To Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Esq.... Durban: October, 1901.
Printed document, 320 x 240 mm, gilt ink on paper. Leaf soiled and creased, chipping with loss at left corners, right center and lower right corner, condition generally fair to poor.
This certificate of appreciation was presented to Gandhi by Abdul Cadir and others at the moment Gandhi left South Africa to return to India to attend the Indian National Congress. The document reads: "We, the undersigned, representing all classes of Indians living in Natal, beg leave to present this Address to you on the eve of your departure for India, to very briefly express, howsoever poorly, the deep sense of gratitude we entertain towards you for the valuable services you have so untiringly and cheerfully rendered, and the exemplary self-sacrifice you have everwillingly undergone to watch and further the interests of your fellow countrymen since your arrival in the Colony over eight years ago. / Your unique career teaches many a luminous lesson, and we hope to model our actions by the noble example set by you. / In all you did you were guided by high ideals, and your unflinching devotion to duty made your methods and work most efficient. / We feel that by honouring you we honour ourselves...." The document closes by wishing Gandhi a bon voyage and a speedy return.