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not find it easy to adjust. Baba, aware of all conditions, sent Will cables and letters of cheer through Adi, Jr., who was in London and was keeping in touch constantly with Will. One such cable read as follows:

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE—I AM WITH YOU. —BABA

 

As winter approached it became increasingly clear to Baba 's group in London that it would not be wise for Will to remain on alone, and with Baba's approval early this year he went to live with another devotee of Baba's, Mrs. Kennedy (and family), in Oxford. She had previously invited Will to share her home for as long as he wished.

 

From here he was able to get up to London for the group meetings which he always enjoyed. He saw films taken by Don Stevens in India and excellent colored pictures of Baba at the November East-West gathering. Will was not able to make the journey to India but received the special cable from Baba at the time of the gathering which was sent to many dear ones unable to attend. Later, Will wrote to me:

 

"Mani sent me a garland worn by Baba through Mollie Eve and a collection of 12 small photos of Baba, Glimpses of the God-Man, including six of him in action—very dynamic. Three or four are new to me and I received them from Mani also, through Delia who forwarded them to me."

 

A month or two later it was necessary for Will to return to London where he could have more medical attention and he was taken to hospital where he peacefully passed away on May 15th, 1963.

 

In reply to Mollie Eve's cable from London to Mani, Baba sent the following:

 

YOUR CABLE REGARDING WILL'S PASSING AWAY RECEIVED STOP BOTH MY DEAR ARCHANGELS WILL AND MARY BACKETT HAVE COME TO ME FOR ALL TIME. — BABA

 

The words, "In Him we live and move and have our being" come to my mind in summing up the lives of these two devoted disciples.

 

I am fortunate to have a copy of Will Backetts diary that he had sent me while I was in India, telling of his first contact with Meher Baba.

 

Excerpts From The 1932 Diary Of Will Backett

 

A period of 18 months elapsed between my first hearing of Meher Baba

 

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