The letters, Mullock’s said, discussed Harilal’s relationships and his behaviour, and mention that he had been accused of lying in his behaviour with two women. They also make “reference to the fact that Harilal had been accused of rape”, the auctioneer said.
In one letter (according to the translation provided by Mullock’s), Gandhi wrote: “…please let me have pure truth please tell me if still you are interested in alcohol and debauchery...I wish that you better die rather than resort to alcohol in any manner...’.
Gandhi further states in the letters: “You should know that your problem has become much more difficult for me even than our national freedom...”. The guide price for the three letters is between £50,000 and £60,000.
Other items up for auction include stamps, portraits and pamplets. The auctioneer said the letters are in “good condition” and that the collection had “come via descent from a branch of Gandhi’s family to the present vendor”.