Thornton Chase Notes: 1903-1902
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YR 1903

T. Chase to Dr. Edward Getsinger c87 1p. Springfield, 3 Jan. 1903 Chase is in Springfield. Getsinger wrote him and asked to apologize. Chase says there is no need. Lua is visiting with `AB; Chase asks Edward to send his love to her. T. Chase to I. Br-ham 1p. Chicago, 4 Jan. 1903 M. Barakatu'llah can't be used as a translator [`AB said so] but we may be able to use him in the future. They say we don't need his help; we have enough translators. And they ask about his "nationality and native locality." T. Chase to C. M. Gates copy 81 7p. Chicago, 14 Jan. 1903 The inner significance of everything is love. "The practice of `occultism' in its many branches... is not at all required in the teachings. I do not know that they are anywhere forbidden, but they are looked upon rather as the efforts of man to attain by self-evolved and arduous paths that which is either not well for him, or which in this new Day may be received by him as the Gift of God to whomsoever it is fitting." "I have tried to express the idea that the proper occult exercises, intelligently pursued, may be of assistance to one in service for God, if he seeks the will of God only, but that the tendency of such a pursuit is to fill the inner `ego' with pride and keep him from seeking God's way only, without regard to him own personal attainments." Definition of a Baha'i. "The whole body of believers is called the `Assembly'" "We are in the condition of the earliest Christians, poor, humble ones..." T. Chase to I. Brittingham c87 1 p. Chicago, 18 Jan. 1903 It is rumored that Badi`u'llah has repented. Its causing people in Kenosha to abandon Dr. Kh. "This report has already had the effect of causing some of the Kenosha believers to leave Kh. and come with those who are loyal to the Master." (p. 1). "Mrs. Miller" [Mariam Miller Kheiralla?] and Mrs. Herron: "She talks about the same as Mrs. Herron, telling of the things done in the Holy Household, which show that their life `is not the highest' such as smoking, etc." Wrote a letter to Mrs. Newton of "Fayette, I'a [IA]." One Madame Mountford soon leaves for Jerusalem. She hopes to meet `AB. Zella Fuller is holding a meeting tomorrow evening; Chase will speak. Five seekers are expected. Mrs. Fuller: "She was a lecturer (McGraw, I think), recently married a Mr. Fuller." T. Chase to unknown 11p. Chicago, 18 Jan. 1903 This may be the letter to Mrs. Newton of Fayette, IA; see Chase to I. Br-ham, same date. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant copy 8 p. Chicago, Sun. 18 Jan. 1903 The letter was composed on the 19th and 20th of Jan as well. The problem of fixing Baha'i dates in the solar calendar. Chase tries to get all the dates right. He isn't sure whether `AB's birthday is 23 or 24 May, 1844. Browne gives a date too. Kh. is losing followers because of the defection of Badi`'ullah. The defections are especially in Kenosha. Mrs. May Maxwell is a "saint." Madame Mountford, a lecturer on the Bible, is much interested in the Faith, and is on her way to Jerusalem. Abu'l-Fadl's book is badly translated. Ali Kuli Khan was the translator. He refers to the Exordium. Aqdas is not yet published; this is because of wisdom. Chase gives as a reason opposition to Moses when He came down from Sinai; Biblical reasoning. He quotes that we shouldn't cast pearls before swine, also. "guided yet natural" selection" -- Chase accepts evolution! Teaching--the effort to teach brings knowledge and ability. Abandonment of self is the key--Chase discusses the theme on p. 7. In Chicago there are 10-12 weekly meetings in homes. The House of Spirituality is arranging a downtown meeting. T. Chase to "Seek of Truth" c87 Chicago, 18 Jan. 1903 An essay Mrs. A. M. Bryant to T. Chase 7 p. Colorado Springs, 23 Jan. 1903 Probably in reply to Chase's letter. Personal, no significant content. Fannie G. Lesch to T. Chase 1 p. Chicago, 24 Jan. 1903 She's sending him another installment in "Mrs. Herron's notes." They're biblical notes; possibly of Abu'l-Fadl's lectures. Mariam I. Haney to T. Chase 2 p. New York, 31 Jan. 1903 Re. Dealy's book of lessons. T. Chase to I. Br-ham c87 4p. Chicago, 1 Feb. 1903 Chase has been ill and in a sanitarium for 2 weeks. Mrs. Bryant is in Denver. "The group meetings have been an open door for the machinations of Mrs. H. [Herron?] and she is using Mrs. Miller insidiously among the ladies, meeting one and two and three at a time, here and there and poisoning them.... An example of the method pursued: Mrs. Kelting (and daughter I suppose) gave a little `tea', and invited Mrs. True to come." But she remained firm. "Even Doxey stands as firm as a rock against the wiles of Mrs. H." Chase invites Mrs. Br-ham to come to Chicago and speak, as she is firm and may counteract the Covenant Breakers. Only a woman can do this. The women are being effected by Covenant Breakers Herron and Miller. The House of Spirituality is strong, tho. Mrs. Fenno has become a Baha'i. More on Barakatu'llah: he can't be employed. No mention of `AB's command. Sister Sanghamitta is in Akka, taking extensive notes. T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha 4 Feb. 1903 Mrs. Herron and Mrs. Miller are "seditious spirits" "sowing the seeds against the Holy cause of El-Abha in Chicago." Chase asks whether he should go back to Chicago. T. Chase to I. Br-ham c87 2p. 8 Feb. 1903 Mr. Gates has become a Baha'i as a result of Chase's letter to him. The Chicago community hopes to begin regular Sunday meetings on 22 Feb. 1903, in the evenings. Sunday 22 Feb. 1903 is his birthday (p. 2). T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant c87 5p. Chicago, 9 Feb. 1903 A very inaccurate article has been published in the Denver Times on the Babis [Baha'is]. An article on the Faith in the Chicago Times, 2 Feb. Chase has been in a sanitorium for 2 weeks--he doesn't say why. He's been "under the weather." Ameen Fareed is very overworked. Chase speaks highly of him. Ishqabad Temple news. T. Chase to I. Br-ham c87 4p. Chicago, 10 Feb. 1903 "I think there has been a great improvement, deepening, and getting away from self- purposes, etc. in Mrs. T [True] this year." Chase urges Mrs. Br-ham to come to Chicago--he fears bad effects of the Covenant Breakers. Mr. True is giving Mrs. True a lot of trouble. He is against the Faith. Chase leaves for St. Louis tomorrow for one week. Abraham Haddad is a problem--he fools people into buying goods from him. He says he was sent by the Master. 25 attended a Chicago feast at Mrs. Waite's. "Coming back a long ride on the elevated, I had a good talk with Mrs. True, concerning your coming, conditions, etc." True says Covenant Breaking is not that serious among the women. She says the Keltings are firm. Mrs. Olsen has translated the Hidden Words [into Danish]. She is a "large, matronly, gentle woman." T. Chase to I. Br-ham copy 82 6 p. Chicago, 21 Feb. 1903 Chase was in Louisville, Kty [presumably since 10 Feb. 1903 letter]. I. Brittingham is not coming to Chicago right now. The problem of preserving tablets sent to believers all over the USA. Ameen won't give out even general parts of tablets to others. Miss Buikema and Miss Lesch provide copies of tablets if asked--a massive job! "I love him [Asadu'llah] very dearly" Great station of women. Chase describes the Holy Spirit in feminine terms. Chase is very humble--he isn't sure whether he is "one of the chosen." (p. 3). Madame Mountford has become a Baha'i. Chase compliments Mrs. Harrison. Chase speaks of Mr. Gates and his belief in occultism. Mirza Abu'l-Fadl to T. Chase 3 p. 2 Mar. 1903 "You have been the source of the Spread of the Cause of God in these lands. God willing you will also be the source of illuminating other regions through the light of the Covenant." "Will you please offer my love and devotion to our spiritual friends Messrs Greenleaf, Dr. Bartlett, Agnew and the other revered members of the Spiritual Meeting..." The probable translator of the letter is Ali Kuli Khan. T. Chase to Mirza Abu'l-Fadl copy 83 1p. Chicago, 4 Mar. 1903 A letter of love and encouragement to Abu'l-Fadl. Abu'l-Fadl is ill, he can't speak English, and is mostly alone. T. Chase to Mr. C. M. Gates copy 82 2 p. 4 Mar. 1903 3rd para--The fast began on Mar. 2. Many in good health are "observing [the Fast] with pleasure." Chase describes the laying of the cornerstone of the Temple in Ishqabad. It will take three years to complete. 1800 were present and the cornerstone laying. He describes an auxiliary building as having 19 rooms. Chase is going away on business in a few weeks. Mr. Khan's translations--Chase doesn't like them. Sunday meetings have begun at the Athenaeum Building in Chicago. A women's "nineteenth day meeting" on the same day (22 Feb.), so they held theirs at the Athenaeum in the afternoon, and stayed for the service. House of Spirituality to `Abdu'l-Baha copy 81 no date A letter in response to the 7 Mar. 1903 meeting, asks to build the Mashriqu'l- Adhkar. T. Chase to Mirza Abu'l-Fadl c87 2p. Detroit, 13 Mar. 1903 Abu'l-Fadl is still in Wash. D.C. Chase's wife attended a meeting there, the first meeting she had ever attended. The only Baha'i in Springfield, Mass (where she had been staying) was O. S. Greenleaf, uncle of Mr. Charles Greenleaf of Chicago. Mrs. Chase was pleased. Regular Sunday meetings at the Athenaeum; 60 are attending, which is good when one considers the weather. There are twelve meetings weekly in Chicago right now. The community is getting stronger; there is no disharmony now. The members of the House of Spirituality who have returned to the meetings are not causing disunity, but are harmonious. T. Chase to Ali Kuli Khan 2p. Detroit, 13 Mar. 1903 Chase is selling Mishkin Qalam's calligraphy in the USA--he's amazed at how little the Baha'is will pay. They don't realize how long the calligraphy takes. Khan translated the Ighan [Iqan]. Chase hopes it will soon be published. T. Chase to Isabella Br-ham copy 3p. Detroit, 29 Mar. 1903 Reference to severe troubles at work--he is accused of things unspecified. They center, apparently, on his non-business activities. Chase is thinking of looking for another job. Chase went to Chicago for Naw-Ruz. Chase refers to another letter from Br-ham, dated 19 [Feb?]. Separate Baha'i meetings are held on Sundays in Chicago by a Baha'i group--the women? There is reference to Mrs. Harrison and Mr. and Mrs. O. But there is no disharmony in Chicago now. Kheiralla is still around--Chase says he held his own Naw-Ruz celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Kelting went to it--Chase is suspicious of them. Ref. to Badi`u'llah's confession. Chase confesses his utter unworthiness. Mrs. Fenno declared on 12:10 AM on 1 Jan. 1903. Chase praises Mrs. Br-ham. T. Chase to Mishkin Qalam Chicago, 29 Mar. 1903 Chase sold a pair of cocks cheaply to Dodge. Thank you for the one sent for Chase himself. T. Chase to House of Spirituality 1p. Detroit, 3 Apr. 1903 He has heard the House of Spirituality is about to receive a tablet from `AB. T. Chase to Mr. Finey (?) 4p. Chicago, 7 Apr. 1903 A non-Baha'i. Chase's letter answers his questions and offers the Faith. T. Chase to Mr. John A. Frey 3p. Chicago, 27 Apr. 1903 Mr. Frey lives in Milwaukee, Wisc. Chase has returned from a southern trip. A non-Baha'i, Frey has asked why he should believe in God. Chase replies using an analogy with the sun. No one can look straight at the sun, except when its obscured by clouds; and then it isn't really the sun. Chase argument is very clever, and similar to one `AB would use. The letter has a handwritten comment on the back: "Keep. Existence of God. Good. H.B." H. B. is probably Helen Bishop. who with the Bosches went through Chase's papers. This is evidence they did indeed selectively destroy some items. A. Dodge to T. Chase 1 p. New York, 5 May 1903 About some correspondence school lessons of Dodge's--I guess on the Faith. T. Chase to House of Spirituality Denver, 7 May 1903 Also in House of Spirituality papers. T. Chase to Mirza Asadu'llah copy 81 6p. Denver, 12 May 1903 Chicago news. Mrs. Br-ham is in Chicago and is speaking at meetings. Why have women been chosen to exceed men in teaching the Faith? Ameen Fareed is praised. Chase taught the Faith to Mrs. A. M. Bryant in Denver two years ago. T. Chase to Mirza Asadu'llah 1p. Chicago, 17 May 1903 Chase sends him copies of two letters that he wrote to seekers. One has been printed; he wants to print the other, but is submitting it to `AB first for His approval. Chase asks Asadu'llah to have the letter translated and present it to `AB. T. Chase to Mr. Frank E. Osborne, Brooklyn, N. Y. 2p. Chicago, 18 May 1903 Chase has hoped for months to visit New York, but has been unable to do so. He goes on the road again tomorrow. Osborne sent Chase some of his tablets; he wants them printed as a booklet. All disharmony has faded away now in Chicago. The women will soon sponsor a celebration of `AB's birthday for everyone. Sunday meetings are well attended. T. Chase to Mr. Steigner Alphonso, New York City c87 1p. Chicago, 18 May 1903 Just returned from a business trip in the west. Chase leaves tomorrow for Minneapolis, then for Manitoba. Chase's family is still away from Chicago. Mrs. Br-ham is a "rare woman and a wonderful teacher." Alphonso is a musician, apparently. Chase apologizes for not being able to arrange a recital for him in Chgo. T. Chase to Ahmad Yazdi c87 1p. Chicago, 24 May 1903 Please forward a letter to Asadu'llah for me. Chase praises Fareed. T. Chase to Frank Durbon Clark of Oswego, N. Y. c87 3p. Chicago, 19 July 1903 Clark is a Baha'i. Chase notes the Bahai Publishing Society looses money on every publication it puts out, and that they have few means. The album of phots of the Holy Land can not be reissued because the plates were "spoiled in the color process" and "can never be reduplicated." Mishkin Qalam to T. Chase 2 p. rec'd 9 Sept. 1903 Mishkin Qalam is sending Chase a pair of calligraphic cocks and pair of parrots; they are to be sold for $25.00 each. If Chase doesn't want one of them, sell it to another believer or return it. Mrs. A. M. Bryant to Mrs. Lua Getsinger c87 1p. Sept. 1903 No notes. T. Chase to Mrs. Mariam Haney 1p. Chicago, 22 Sept. 1903 "I start for the West tomorrow." [Chase] Business matters discussed; it involves an inventor, a company to develop his invention, and investments. Chase encloses a talk by Br-ham and says they are more articles than lectures. T. Chase to Putnam's Sons, Publishers Chicago, 24 Oct. 1903 The spelling of Beha/Baha. T. Chase to Edward G. Browne Chicago, 29 Oct. 1903 "It is over nine years since the spring of 1894 when the writer came to the knowledge of the appearance and teachings of Baha'u'llah." T. Chase to Mrs. Moon 1p. Louisville, Kty, 2 Dec. 1903 On ringstones. She wanted a ringstone with the Greatest Name on it; Chase got her one from Dodge in NYC. T. Chase to Madame Mountford Louisville, Kty, 3 Dec. 1903 No notes. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant c87 3p. Cleveland, 11 Dec. 1903 She wrote to him a month ago. Chase was in Louisville Kty on 29 Nov. The House of Spirituality and the Woman's Assembly are worshiping together weekly. Seventy-five attend the weekly worship service; 200 attended the Feast of the Master celebration. Mr. Phelps's book uses the spelling Beha--Chase doesn't like that transliteration. The book has now appeared; Chase has bought a copy. It can be ordered. There are two Baha'is in Cleveland, the Nobles. He thinks they're the only ones. The Dodges have been visiting Chgo for 3 or 4 weeks. The mails to the Orient are disturbed; Ameen wrote his mother weekly, and recently got a letter from her saying that she hadn't heard from him in six weeks and was worried! Sister Sanghamitta wrote the Bahai Publishing Society; he quotes the letter. She says she has accepted BH as the "new messiah." Chase was out of Chgo when she visited there. Mrs. MacKinney has "made the step toward the Master." T. Chase to Fred E. Coe copied 87 3p. Cleveland, 11 Dec. 1903 Fred Coe is probably a non-Baha'i. Chase describes how Baha'is teach the Faith: "We offer what we have (some of it), and, if we find that it seems at all welcome, we try to offer more, but if it is of little or no interest to the listener, we do not seek him strongly or urge him overmuch." Chase is very pleased with Phelps's book. It is well-adopted to western tastes. Chase says the teachings of the Faith can be best summarized by one word--LOVE. T. Chase to Edward G. Browne Chicago, 14 Dec. 1903 No notes. T. Chase to Myron Phelps c87 4p. Chicago, 19 Dec. 1903 The spelling of Baha'Ullah. Chase praises Phelps's book; he discusses its strong points. Kheiralla "knew but little of the teaching, and was not skilled in language. He soon became acquainted with `The History of the Bab' (Browne)...." Pronunciation of Baha'u'llah in New York is incorrect. Its BE-ha-OO-llah. Mirza Ameen Fareed is 21 years old; he is the best translator available. He has graduated from school (the Lewis Insititute). He's now enrolled in a medical school. T. Chase to Sister Sanghamitta, Countess M. de S. Canavarro c87 3p. Chicago, 19 Dec. 1903 Chase details how he taught Mrs. Bryant. Chase writes her concerning the spelling of Baha/Beha, as she helped on Phelp's book. A friendly letter, with general news, and a list of all the times the two of them have just missed meeting each other. T. Chase to Mr. C. M. Gates 1903 Occultism--the Faith does not forbid it, but Chase says they are a distraction, not an aid. Chase is right, here. Chase defines a Baha'i as one who believes in Baha'u'llah, `AB, and obeys the laws. There are 1-12 meetings in Chicago per week. "The whole body of believers is called an Assembly." There are no general city-wide meetings at this time. Chase describes the duties of the House of Spirituality.

YR 1904

T. Chase to Mrs. Frank Fenno 1p. Springfield, 3 Jan. 1904 Chase spent Christmas in Springfield, Mass; the first time in twelve years. He must go to Portland, Maine, then spend two more days in Springfield, then go west. Next year his family (Mrs. Chase and Chase Jr.) will probably move to Chicago; probably next summer. T. Chase to I. Br-ham c87 4p. Chicago, 8 Jan. 1904 p. 4 -- Chase says he is not a Chicagoan, but only living there temporarily. Mrs. Chase is living there with him. She is not a Baha'i but is studying the Faith. She attends the women's nineteen day meetings. "I am glad to hear of the good work being done by Mrs. Getsinger. I have heard that she has changed greatly during the past two years. How could it be otherwise, dwelling in the presence of the Master!... I know naught of Mr. Kheiralla since he was in Kenosha a few weeks ago with Shua'u'llah, the son of Moh. Ali. God will protect His Cause in truth from all the efforts of the puny man." Sunday meetings "fairly well attended" -- "ladies nineteen day meetings are always well attended" "good work is being accomplished by and through them." Mr. Winterburn's pilgrimage notes. Mr. and Mrs. MacNutt, Abu'l-Fadl are going on pilgrimage; Abu'l-Fadl is in Naples. "wherever I go, and know of any friends, I seek to meet them. That is in fact about the only thing I am permitted to do for the Cause, and I do not know that that is of any moment, but I long to offer what little I am permitted to the friends everywhere." Mrs. Chase hosted the last nineteen day women's meeting. T. Chase to Sister Sanghamitta c87 2p. Chicago, 9 Jan. 1904 Chase's wife hosted the last nineteen day ladies' meeting. "The greatest difficulty here of which I know arise from the strong inclination of several toward psychic phenomena...." Edward G. Browne to T. Chase 4 p. Newcastle-on-Tyne, 13 Jan. 1904 A reply to Chase regarding the spelling of "Beha" instead of "Baha." Browne favors "Baha" also. T. Chase to Mirza Asadu'llah c87 2p. Chicago, 27 Jan. 1904 Chicago has no discord right now. Chase gives general news of the meetings. Chase praises Ameen Fareed (to his father). Fareed is living with Chase. Chase is concerned about preserving `AB's guidance in his tablets to individuals. [Firesides] every Monday and Thursday evenings in Chase's and Fareed's house. The House of Spirituality meets tonight. T. Chase to Edward G. Browne 1p. Chicago, 14 Feb. 1904 Chase had received a reply from Browne about transliteration. This is his letter of thanks and apologies, in case he was seen as too forward to request the advice he asked. T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha copy 5p. Chicago, 17 or 27 Feb. 1904 Chase prays to `AB for help to overcome self. `AB appears to have promised to send Chase a photo of Baha'u'llah! Chase describes the spiritual state of America. Peace reigns now in the Chicago Baha'i community. But no one knows the size of the community; and all cannot meet at once. There are no public meetings; private meetings only. If someone speaks at a public meeting jealousy will result and all will want to speak. Reference to "Brother Dodge." Baha'is have abandoned the churches, followed occultism, etc., then became Baha'is, but kept their former beliefs. "Psychics are more important to some than is the life." New Thought--a loose association of various societies, including Baha'i. Reference to Mrs. True. Chase's employers won't let him go on pilgrimage. Chase wants to retire and serve the Faith full time. A beautiful closing, in which Chase devotes himself totally to Baha'u'llah and `AB. Five Baha'is are "associated" with the New Thought Executive Committee: Agnew, Lesch, Harrison, True, Chase. True, Chase addressed a gathering of all New Thought people last night, apparently about the Faith. Nothing about the independent nature of the Faith in the letter. T. Chase to Mr. Clarence Smith of Honolulu c87 2p. Chicago, 18 Feb. 1904 Agnew, Greenleaf, Chase meet at Kimball's restaurant for lunch daily. Chase met Miss Alexander at Green Acre in 1902. Isn't Mr. Phelps's book useful? T. Chase to Mr. Lincoln Smith, Zanesville, Ohio 3p. Chicago, 18 Feb. 1904 No notes. T. Chase to I. Br-ham 1/2 copy 82 2p. Chicago, 26 Feb. 1904 Many tablets of `AB are not preserved for posterity; Chase is concerned about it. The House of Spirituality should keep copies, and individuals should be able to state how the tablet may be used. Cincinnati--Br-ham is there. "Our dear Cincinnati friends have a hard battle to fight, the battle of enduring patience, and a few `have fought the good fight' most nobly." T. Chase to Dr. Edgar M. Webster, Chicago 1p. Chicago, 29 Feb. 1904 Chase is leaving for Denver later this week, then maybe he'll go to the Pacific Coast. T. Chase to Arthur Agnew c87 1p. Denver, 9 Mar. 1904 Chase spoke to 27 on Sunday and 30 "last night" in Denver. The Faith is "spreading finely now" there. Some House of Spirituality business, which is unspecified. Chase spoke at a New Thought meeting. He sends a corrected copy of his talk to Agnew, to give to a Mr. Whetmore, who may print it in a New Thought periodical. We must write to `AB about our problems; otherwise He won't know about them. Chase quotes someone that `AB is "under the law." T. Chase to I. Br-ham 1/2 copy 82 3p. Denver, 9 Mar. 1904 Efforts now being made to keep instructional portions of tablets to individuals in a public file. The problem of bad translation is serious. Chase cites instances of translations done in New York City. One tablet is circulating that is in terrible shape. Ameen Fareed ia the only good translator available. Chase implies the network of circulating tablets, too. The Faith is spreading well in Denver under Mrs. A. M. Bryant. Last sunday 27 were at her house for over 2 hours. On Friday evening some sent supplications to `AB. T. Chase to Carl Scheffler M27B2F43 (CHS) (also TC) c87 2p. Denver, 9 Mar. 1904 We must write to `AB about the hindrances to spreading the Cause. He is "under the law" and must be informed. A tablet to Dodge is in circulation that is poorly translated. The H.of S. will ask `AB about it. Chase addressed 25 at a Denver meeting last Sunday. Last night 30 were present. Apparently he will be there next Sunday too. "On Friday evening the `friends' meet, those who have accepted and supplicated the Master..." T. Chase to Ameen Fareed 1p. Denver, 10 Mar. 1904 Cover letter for following letter. T. Chase to House of Spirituality 1p. Denver, 10 Mar. 1904 Chase reminds them that "Nawrooz" can be celebrated Sunday night, 20 Mar. -- it would be more convenient, and that is the way it is celebrated in the Orient. Chase probably will go to Texas next. [But he didn't until later.] Chase notes that 20 March is the last day of the Fast. T. Chase to Mrs. Chase copy 4p. Denver, 12 Mar. 1904 A letter re. guardianship over Joe's inheritance. Reference to several previous letters by him to her, and one from his wife insinuating dishonesty over the guardianship idea. Mrs. Chase is temporarily in Springfield--Joe is in school there. Chase will meet with the "friends" tomorrow night; 27-30 at previous meetings. Tuesday Chase goes to Pueblo. Thursday Chase goes to Ogden, Utah. Portland, OR, 14th to 19th. Chase then goes to Seattle. San Francisco, 20th-27th. Los Ang. 28th to 31st. Arizona. Then El Paso, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit. Then maybe Chase will go to Springfield. Chase complained he has many more letters to answer. T. Chase to Mrs. Haney 1p. Denver, 13 Mar. 1904 Denver news; 27 attended a meeting at Mrs. Bryant's last Sunday; 30 on Tuesday. Chase met with ten believers last night. Chase will be back in Chicago in about four weeks. "You know this was my old home for so many years, and I was permitted by God to sow the first seed here with Miss Clark and Mrs. Bryant, about three years (a little more) ago." Chase spoke to a gathering of 16 New Thought societies on Sunday 28 Feb. in Chicago. It had good results. T. Chase to Mr. Haney 2p. Denver, 14 Mar. 1904 Chase is on his way to the Pacific. Thirty-two attended a meeting at Mrs. Bryant's yesterday. T. Chase to Mrs. Louisa Ruddiman, Goblesville, Mich. c87 2p. Denver, 14 Mar. 1904 She offers Ameen Fareed a copy of Gray's Anatomy, and a skull for his medical studies. Chase describes `AB's station using biblical verses and Baha'i titles. T. Chase to Ameen Fareed 3p. Denver, 15 Mar. 1904 Chase is leaving for the Pacific coast; he will return to Chicago probably in April. Tomorrow he leaves for Pueblo for a day or two; thence to Ogden, Utah, for 1 day; Portland OR for 3 or 4 days; Seattle; San Francisco; Los Ang.; Phoenix; Dallas; Kansas City; St. Louis; Louisville; Chicago. Lots of business dealings in it [the letter?] Mr. Phelps calls Asadu'llah "`our dear teacher' as we called him, a lovely soul." Fred E. Coe to `Abdu'l-Baha c87 1p. 20 March 1904 Coe's supplication to the Master. Chase taught him the Faith and he is thankful. He's a Denver Baha'i. T. Chase to Arthur Dodge 1p. Chicago, 2 May 1904 Just returned from a 2-month trip to Pacific coast. Denver, Los Ang., San Francisco. He comes to New York soon; he will visit then. T. Chase to Mrs. Louisa Ruddiman c87 4p. Chicago, 2 May 1904 Chase left Chicago on 5 Mar, traveling. Went to the Pacific Coast. "Just arrived here." She wrote Chase because of statements in Phelps's book that seemed at variance with what Asadu'llah taught her and what `AB has written. Chase reconciles the statements. He writes an essay on the purpose of life and the nature of death. T. Chase to Mrs. Mariam Haney c87 3p. Chicago, 6 May 1904 Chase leaves for Detroit Monday night; then Massachusetts, Portland (Maine), back to Springfield, maybe New York City, in three weeks. Chase was away out west for three months. "What went ye out for to see?" is to be printed and available. Haney is distributing typed copies of it to people. `AB has received it, read in translated form, and had it sent to Persia. T. Chase to Louisa Ruddiman c87 2p. Chicago, 8 May 1904 Mrs. Ruddiman's mother apparently has gone senile. Chase consoles Ruddiman that her soul is not damaged. T. Chase to Mr. J. P. Cook copy 81 1p. Springfield, Mass., 12 May 1904 Chase writes from Springfield. Cook is a delegate of the "circle of light" in Chicago to the New Thought Federation. Chase says how much he deplores the emphasis on healing and other lives, whgile the laws of God and how one should live are ignored. But he sees a change in attitude for the better in the more recent New Thought conference he has attended. T. Chase to Mirza Asadu'llah c87 4p. East Coast, 20 May 1904 Chase has received a promise from the President of Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. that he may have a two month vacation "in a year or two." Chase has been traveling for the last five months; 13,000 miles in the last three months. Denver -- four Baha'i meetings in Mrs. Bryant's home in eight days. At one of them, 30 were present. Nine Denver Baha'is attended a Baha'is-only meeting. Chase visited San Francisco and Los Ang. Nine of the "friends" met him in L.A. He will be in New York City "Sunday or Monday." Sunday evening commemoration of the Birth of the Bab. Baha'is never gather into large communities; they are always moving, establishing new centers of activity. Ameen Fareed is now in Akka. Asadu'llah has "physical trouble" -- Chase says he hopes he will improve. Chase yearns for release from his material cares. He wants just to serve the Faith. He even yearns for death, because of his current situation. And then he crosses out the part of the letter where he expresses his emotions. Chase wants to buy land in the Holy Land. But he still doesn't have the money; he alludes to Cornelia's estate, and legal problems over obtaining what is rightfully his. Arthur Dodge to T. Chase 1 p. 28 May 1904 The letter is on "International Correspondence School of Prophecy and Bible Study" stationary, and gives as its address what I assume is Dodge's home. No notes on body of letter. T. Chase to Mrs. Haney c87 2p. Louisville, Kty, 2 June 1904 A Mr. Hall is running for Congress [probably Albert Hall; he was taught the Faith by Mrs. Haney and Chase knew him]. He's very busy; Chase was in town and never had a chance to meet him. Hall gave up his church, which Chase regrets. "My faith in N. Y. [New York] as a fruitful field is not great." "What went ye out for to see?" is now printed. T. Chase to Prof. Harold Hume of Raleigh, N.C. Louisville, Kty, 3 June 1904 Cuban oranges -- how well do they ship and related business questions. Roy Wilhelm to Ameen Fareed c87 2p. 23 July 1904 Wilhelm is providing Fareed with $15 per month and $25 for a summer trip, and will provide more for postage and clothing. Wilhelm hopes to go to Europe on business about 1 September, then on pilgrimage via Port Said. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant c87 3p. 8 Sept. 1904 Extract from a letter; a mystical essay by Chase. T. Chase to George Winterburn c87 1p. Chicago, 12 Sept. 1904 Winterburn is living in Berkeley. His pilgrim's notes made quite an impression in Chicago. Chase is sending copies elsewhere. T. Chase to Mrs. Charlotte Morton, Milwaukee, Wis. 2p. Chicago. 23 Sept. 1904 No notes. T. Chase to Bernard Jacobsen copy 81 1p. Sept. 1904 Reference to Chase's visit to Kenosha in the days of Vatralsky. Mrs. Rosa V. Winterburn to T. Chase 1 p. Berkeley, Cal., 2 Oct. 1904 The Winterburns have just returned from pilgrimage. Apparently the letter accompanies tablets Chase is sending to them. House of Spirituality to Mirza Abu'l-Fadl copy 82 Chase papers 2 p. Chicago, 29 Oct. 1904 A goodbye letter to Mirza Abu'l-Fadl. The letter mentions his problems and his personal strengths. His health is bad, too. T. Chase to Dr. George B. Charles 1p. Louisville, Kty, 3 Nov. 1904 Chase will probably be in Denver on 21 Nov. He will be traveling and will not be in Chicago. He will return to Chicago by next week. The letter is about citrus fruits; Charles is an expert. T. Chase to Mrs. Mariam Haney c87 3p. Chicago, 8 Nov. 1904 Peace reigns in the Chicago Baha'i community now; two women have made their peace, so Chase is happy. Translating of the Hidden Words, Words of Wisdom, Communes. It is to be published as one book. The New York Board is also approving publications. Mirza Abu'l-Fadl is a wonderful man, but hampered by a lack of good translators. He's a "saint, that old man. He has suffered and endured in absolute silence far more than we have conceived. Neglect, insult, misrepresentation and deliberate deception have been added to the trials of loneliness, illness, and inability to speak a word to those around him." Chase found some believers who had accepted `AB only; when told of Baha'u'llah, they left the Faith! "What do you think of that? It was an `eye opener.'" T. Chase to Clarence Smith, Honolulu c87 3p. Denver, 19 Nov. 1904 Chase is replying to Smith's letter of 29 July! Chase was at Green Acre on 29 July for two days only. Mr. Winterburn is now in Los Ang. Both he and his wife are artists, Chase thinks. They became Baha'is in Paris, then went on pilgrimage. Chase's wife and boy are now living with him in Chicago. Good news from Chicago. Chase's son is a student at the Morgan Park Academy, "a preparatory branch school of the Chicago University." T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha c87 Chicago, 26 Nov. 1904 Chase begs to go on pilgrimage: "The heart of this servant is sustained by hope that the visit to the Holy Centre of the New Jerusalem may be attained within the year..." The letter was carried to `AB by Mrs. Haney, who is going on pilgrimage. T. Chase to Jonathan Barnes copy 81 2p. Chicago, 6 Dec. 1904 Barnes is a Springfield, Mass lawyer. The letter is about Cornelia Chase's estate. Part of the property is owned by Eleanor Chase, and part by other heirs. This makes sale of the property difficult. Chase wants to buy the whole thing so he can sell it as a whole. He explains his offer to Barnes. T. Chase to Jonathan Barnes 1p. Chicago, 6 Dec. 1904 About the certificate of title of the property.


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