The Viceroy's House,
12th June 1947
DEAR MR. GANDHI,
Thank you for your letter of 10/11th June. I am grateful to you for your comments on current affairs, and I will certainly bear them in mind.
I doubt whether it would be practicable to make my special staff work out all the details of the splitting up of the Departments of the Government of India and a complete allotment of India's assets and liabilities, but they will do everything in their power to help. It is a tremendous task and only a fraction of it can be done before the transfer of power. It is essentially a matter in which there must be negotiation between the parties concerned.
I am so grateful for your unfailing advice and support and kindness, which have done so much to sustain me in this difficult task.
MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA
Mahatma Gandhi-Correspondence with the Government - 1944-'47, pp. 258-59