"As a conformed believer in Birth Control, I have not hesitation in saying that if there is any country in the World which is in need of immediate action in this behalf, it is India, and even with the best of talents and wisdom, I wonder whether the masses will be apprised of the true significance of this movement. I thought it would be of some assistance to you if I were to lay before you some of the inherent difficulties, which a foreign propagandist may encounter in India in her noble effort to popularise birth control movement, and I would therefore place before you the following facts, an appreciation of which will no doubt enable you to understand the psychology of the Indian mind."
Says conditions in India cannot be compared to the West, and "India is slow to exhibit any reformist tendencies on social questions." Says that 90% of the 350million "live in villages, and it is no exaggeration to say that a majority of these villagers are steeped in poverty and illiteracy. As such, your message to India and your mission in this country will, I am afraid, have little chance of reaching those masses within the brief time that you will be spending in India. Under such circumstances, there should be no cause for wonder or even despair, if even after your weeks' of arduous work and fervent appeals, if the masses failed to realize the importance of the movement."
"But this need not necessarily discourage you, for the problem is no less serious even among the middle and upper classes who are the more educated and enlightened members of the Society, and there is therefore immense scope for a well-wisher like you to popularise this movement among these sections of the people. But unfortunately even among these educated classes, the faith in birth control movement has not yet taken deep root, and though they are sadly aware of the rapidity with which India's teeming millions are increasing year after year, opinion in regard to the efficiency of contraceptive methods is sharply debated. It is not too much to say that there are doubting Nestors who wish to be assured of complete success and the least harm, before they can have any recourse to birth control appliances. More often than not the discussions run entirely along academic lines without any reference to the realities of the situation. The objections, as you might have already observed may be broadly classified as follows:- 1) Religious 2) Against Nature 3) Moral Degeneration 4) Economic Fallacy 5) Efficacy of the means to achieve the end, etc. In your Calcutta speech you have admirably answered some of these objections, and I have no doubt wherever you go in India, the questions that will be asked of you will more or less be confined to these aspects; and I am sure you are fully equipped to meet such criticism. You will indeed be doing a real service to the country, if you impress upon the people the full economic significance of this movement, and especially how a poor country like India with a growing population cannot with equanimity allow this problem to bet the better of the people. The chief objective of your propaganda, I venture to suggest, should be to dispel the clouds of suspicion among the educated classes and rouse them into action, casting aside their sceptical temperament." He encloses a pamphlet by Col. Russel "On the Overpopulation of India" which will provide authoritative info. for her speeches.
Suggests that if she wants "that this movement should be kept alive even after you leave Indian Shores, it would be imperative that persons should be found all over India to follow the trail that you have blazed. In order to achieve this end, you would be well-advised if you were to confer with prominent persons of each province in India, impress upon them the necessity of an intense propaganda in India, and also the setting up of a wide organizations and the establishment of Birth Control Clinics in every important town with or without the assistance of the Government. You will no doubt find it an exacting work to convince many of our leaders; for instance, Mahatma Gandhi as you have yourself stated 'has a certain inhibition against the sex idea itself' and that 'his reason against birth control are psychological and not religious.' There are many such personalities in India, whose objections are based on such fallacious grounds and you will indeed be adding a bright feather to your colours if you only succeed in converting them to your point of view. If only you set these leaders in motion in favor of this movement, you may rest assured that this noble task will be kept going on and the consciousness of the people aroused in a measurable distance of time."
He describes himself as a 27 year old typist in a commercial organization in Calcutta, married to a 21 year old woman. He is the father of 2 despite a small salary. Gives a history of his contraceptive practice, nothing for the first child, ineffective for the second. Asks her for advice on methods.