To Sister Christine
a Bord de Paquebot la Champagne,
Friday morning, 9 a.m.,
3rd August 1900.
It is foggy this morning. We are in the channel–expect to reach [Le Havre] at 12 a.m. [noon]. It has been a very bad voyage–rolling and raining and dark nearly all the time. Terrible rolling all through. Only last night I had good sleep. On other occasions the rolling makes me sleep well, but this time I don’t know what was the matter; the mind was so whirling. Anyway,
I am well and soon to reach land.
Hope to reach Paris this evening.
I send this to Detroit, expecting you there.
With all love and blessings,
To Mrs. Francis Leggett
[Swami Vivekananda sent the following telegram on Friday, August 3, 1900, when the S.S. Champagne (which he had boarded in New York on July 26) docked at Le Havre, France.]
[Postmarked: Friday, August 3, 1900]
ARRIVE A HUIT HRES STLAZARE — VIVEKANANDA
[Translation: “I arrive at eight o’clock (p.m.) St. Lazare — VIVEKANANDA”.]