Thornton Chase Notes: 1908-1909
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YR 1908

T. Chase to Harlan Ober c87 4p. Chicago, 14 Jan. 1908 Chase's reply to Ober's long letter describing his trip. Chase thanks Ober for reading his account of his pilgrimage. Chase returned from Urban, Ill., "some days earlier." There he met a Hindu who had welcomed Ober at a Brahmo Somaj meeting. Ober apparently asked Chase about marriage. Chase replies that it is a command of BH and `AB to marry, but it must be tempered by conditions. Abu'l-Fadl never married. Chase foresees a population explosion during the millennium. Love pulls; it doesn't push. Chase elaborates on the theme. T. Chase to Ethel Rosenberg c87 3p. Chicago, 19 Jan. 1908 Chicago holds its unity feasts on Feast night. Charles M. Remey is in Chicago; a "sincere, intelligent worker." Miss Rosenberg's mother has died; Chase expresses his condolences. The letter isn't anywhere nearly as moving as his later letter to Dreyfus, yet it has many similar ideas. The tablet of Ishraqat is not published yet. Grundy's Ten Days in the Light of Acca has appeared. Chase's acount of his pilgrimage may be published; a gentleman has offerd to pay for it. Agnes Alexander to ? c87 1p. January 1908 She writes about a woman whose hunsband forbade her to read Baha'i literature, until she pleaded that it would make her a better wife and mother. Agnes then gave her a copy of Chase's [pilgrimage?] letter. The woman says now she "has been living in Acca ever since. I feel as though I knew my Lord...I have caught a glimpse of heaven." T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha copy 27 Feb. 1908 Chase thanks `AB for the title Thabit -- "Thahbet." T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 81, c87 3p. Chicago, 27 Feb. 1908 Chase has just returned from visits to Beverly, Boston, Cleveland, Sandusky. Soon he'll be going to San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Portland. Kimball's restaurant mentioned. Daily, 5-9 gather there. Chase yearns to return to Akka. He was unable to speak to `AB there, because he wanted to listen. Chase says he's not worthy of the title thabit and prays that he will be. T. Chase to Ethel Rosenberg c87 4p. Chicago, 3 Mar. 1908 Chase recently returned from a trip to Boston and the eastern states. It lasted four weeks. Myron Phelps is not a Baha'i. His beliefs are described. He is an ardent admirer of Ramanathan of Columbo, Ceylon. His "is not apparently interested at all in Bahai matters." Ramanathan was Sister Sanghamitta's Buddhist teacher. The way the Faith spreads: by the moving of Baha'is from the big communities to virgin territory. The Ishraqat is better translated than the other works by Khan. Albert Windust to Aurelia Bethlen c87 5p. Chicago, 16 March 1908 He quotes Bible prophecy at her for 4 1/2 pages. He says the Aqdas is not available in good English translation. `AB will have that done eventually. Gertrude Buikema to T. Chase 1 p. Chicago, 6 Mar. 1908 Talks given by Miss Barney in 1901 is copied. Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase c87 1p. 28 Mar. 1908 `AB says that Baha'o'llah is the correct spelling (with a small "o".) T. Chase to Ella Cooper copy 82. Cooper papers, San Francisco. 5 p. Denver, 1 Apr. 1908 Chase refers to a recent "time of severe personal trial." He elaborates: Mrs. Chase was exposed to smallpox and quarantined in Chicago; he, on the road, had severe troubles with his teeth; and his eldest daughter has died. "A beautiful girl." Mrs. Chase has many staunch friends in Santa Cruz. Chase felt a presence, while on pilgrimage at the tomb of the Bab. L. D. Lehmann to T. Chase 3 p. Spokane, 15 April 1908 "We are very much in need of you" [in Spokane]. "We are getting along more harmoniously than we used to, we have our trials, but I suppose it is all for the best." The letter is actually undated, but Chase wrote the date--perhaps when he received it--on the back side, and noted he replied to it on 10 May 1908. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant Chicago, 24 Apr. 1908 Denver news is extensive. Chase just visited there and apparently Mrs. Bryant was away (visiting Chicago, I guess). T. Chase to Albert Windust copy 83 1 p. San Francisco, 29 Apr. 1908 Concerning purchase of land for the House of Worship; was $2000 all the cost? Miss Rosenberg -- revise Seven Valleys. There were 6 meetings in Los Ang. [while Chase was there?]. He lists the friends there, including the women's maiden names. W. B. Remey--Charles M. Remey's brother--is 26 years old, lives in Los Ang., and is interested in the Faith. A reunion at Kimball's is planned; maybe the tenth anniversary of their meals there? Chase won't be back in Chicago until June. The first anniversary of his pilgrimage; Chase has much joy in reminiscence. Meeting Friday at the Goodall's in Oakland. A Baha'i friend in Greenwich, Conn., contributed; Mrs. Louise Stapfer. Chase is editing photographs for In Galilee. T. Chase to Mr. Lehmann 2p. 10 May 1908 About rebirth, and its difficulty. This is only part of the letter; its all that Chase kept. T. Chase to I. Brittingham copy 2p. Chicago, 4 Sept. 1908 Chase just returned from Kansas City. The Temple fund is slowly growing. Chase is positive about it. Chase made it to Green Acre this summer. Baha'i Publishing Society to Mr. Andrew Hutchinson of New York City copy 81 Chicago, 5 Sept. 1908 A report to the New York Board of Counsel through Hutchinson. A meeting of the Baha'i Publishing Society was held on 23 Aug. New York has initiated a Bulletin. Does this end the previous publishing agreement? The treasurer's report of the Baha'i Publishing Society. The inventory report too. There was an article on the Faith in the Los Ang. Times a few weeks earlier, by Woodcock, who just moved there from New York City. T. Chase to Ethel Rosenberg c87 2p. Chicago, 5 Sept. 1908 Since March Chase has been absent from Chicago completely except for one week, a few days in July. He has just returned east. This has delayed the publication of In Galilee. 2000 copies were printed; they came off the press on 19 August. There are a few minor errors. Total printing cost was $350.00; the illustrations were expensive. Chase visited Los Ang., Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Green Acre. He gives news of Portl., Seat., Green A. Nine meetings were held in Portland in one week; average attendence was 40, and over 70 came to one. Chase's pilgrim's notes are a frame for Agnew's in In Galilee. Chase has a huge pile of letters to answer. T. Chase to Ameen Fareed c87 3p. Chicago, 7 Sept. 1908 Will `AB visit other lands? Will His pension be cut off? Will enemies of the Faith in Cyprus be freed too? "I felt towards you as to my own son, and found the greatest delight in working with you to bring the beautiful words of Life into fitting English form." The Temple project is progressing. "Since early March I have been in Chicago only one week until now. For 3 1/2 months I was on a western trip to the Pacific Coast, and since then, on the Atlantic." Nine days at Green Acre, 2 Sundays as well. "I, too, took some pictures with my stereo camera." The Greenleaf boy was almost asphixiated by gas from the gaslight in his room. He threw his coat over it and accidentally turned the gas on. The Greenleafs are in serious poverty and have given up their apartment. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant c87 3p. Chicago, 14 Sept. 1908 Chase has been away from Chicago since March, except for a few days. He was at Green Acre for nine days, two of which were Sundays. Chase gives Green Acre and Sarah Farmer news. Farmer's mental health is okay, but she's physically weak and in seclusion. Mrs. True had a dream that `AB would visit her house. `AB says "God willing, He might sometime visit the friends in America." But Chase doubts it. `AB has been freed by the Turkish Revolution. "I have been blessed with another tablet from Abdul Baha, in which he again mentions the name `Thahbet.' O, pray, dear Sister, that I may become worthy of that Name." In Galilee is now published. Chase describes his essay as a frame for Agnew's. Helen Campbell has become a Baha'i. She bitterly opposed the Faith at Green Acre last year. But Ober showed her the Tarazat, Ishraqat, etc., and now she has become an "ardent Baha'i." Chase describes her: "a calm, level-headed, earnest person." She lectured at G.A. on "Bahai Social Economics." T. Chase to Ellen V. [Mother] Beecher c87 3p. Chicago, 15 Sept. 1908 Chase seeks news of Green Acre. Theosophy has split. Lunt is in Chicago; Ober may come. The Revolution in Turkey frees `AB; Chase marvels at it. Miss Farmer is still ill. Chase was in Kansas City two weeks ago. The Baha'i Revelation soon will be printed. A letter from Moneveh Khanum has arrived, in which she said `AB has said "God willing, perhaps, He might visit the believers in America some time. I hardly expect this..." T. Chase to Mr. G. Claybrooke 3p. Chicago, 15 Sept. 1908 Claybrooke apparently wrote to Chase often. But where are the other letters? Claybrooke isn't a Baha'i, or if he is, he isn't very deepened. Chase's letter is simple and general. He speaks how one can only gather knowledge for so long; one must use it instead. T. Chase to Mrs. Hattie Latimer, Portland, Oreg. c87 3p. Chicago, 15 Sept. 1908 Chase has been at Portland, Maine and Green Acre and other points in the East since March. Flying machines are a fulfillment of prophecy, and a sign of the millennium. `AB is now free. She wants a ringstone. Chase doesn't know anyone who has them; maybe Sohrab. She sent him a list of Portland Baha'is. T. Chase to Ida Finch copy 81 3p. Chicago, 16 Sept. 1908 p. 3 -- Mrs. Finch wrote to Chase's wife, who is interested in Christian Science and makes a point of saying she is not a Baha'i. She often brings it up. The friends say she's the best Baha'i in the city, though. She can't accept Baha'u'llah as an equal to Jesus; He is the finality of all revelation. She believes BH was sent for the Orient only; that He is equal in rank to Tolstoy! Chase is praying for her. Mrs. Chase wrote Ida Finch--does the National Baha'i Archives have the letter? Reference to Mrs. True. Chase was at Green Acre eleven days. This is the first time he's been in Chicago since March, except for one week. Miss Farmer mentioned. The Faith is growing slowly. Theosophy. T. Chase to Mr. and Mrs. Haney c87 3p. Chicago, 17 Sept. 1908 At different times, Chase spent eleven days at Green Acre. He gives news of Green Acre and of Sarah Farmer. Only Maria Wilson sees Farmer. In Galilee -- "What I wrote was but the frame for the beautiful picture drawn by Bro. Agnew." Seattle and Portland news. Chase was there, and in San Francisco. Nine meetings were held in Portland in six days! Seattle had six meetings in a week. Forty attended in Portland, on average; 70 at one meeting. `AB may visit the USA, "God willing." "Bro. Lunt is here for several weeks on political matters." `Abdul Baha says for us to provide a gathering of delegates from all assemblies, and to form a Temple Committee in addition to the H. of S. to provide ways and means and forward the Temple movement." Hall has "great abilities and strong ambitions." He's a "peculiar man." T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant copy 3p. Chicago, 2 Oct. 1908 Nettie Tobin's stone carrying to the Temple site is seen by Chase as ad "old world act." Tobin is under the influence of "an ardent Temple builder, Mrs. T." Chase says much about the Temple. Chase believes the Temple is important, but says others on the House of Spirituality "do not consider it important." Chase was in St. Louis last week. The Baha'is there are all former Theosophists. The House of Spirituality makes Mrs. True a "corresponding sec. of the H. of S." to give her effort officiality and to make her consult with them. The Temple site is not necessarily the final one. The first Temple will be commemorative, not a center of activity. But Chase qualifies this by adding that it will be internationally special. Chase doubts `AB will come to the USA. Chase refers to his pilgrimage. T. Chase to Miss Elizabeth Kristjanson of Spokane, WA. c87 2p. Chicago, 7 Oct. 1908 The Baha'i Publishing Society desires to publish as cheaply as possible, so they rarely break even on a book. Hence, they're constantly struggling financially. Chase speaks about living the life (he usually calls it the LIFE). Jews can now return to the Holy Land, in fulfillment of prophecy, as a result of the Turkish Revolution. The "Bahai Revelation" is planned to be published by the Bahai Publishing Society, when money becomes available. "What went ye out for to see?" was written "a few years ago." Its now out of print. Haji Mirza Haydar Ali to T. Chase 4 p. 9 Oct. 1908 A letter full of teachings. T. Chase to Mr. Das 1p. Chicago, 30 Oct. 1908 Chase was in Cincinnati a few days ago; probably the 26th or 27th. T. Chase to Mrs. Nash copy 81, c87 2p. Chicago, 30 Oct. 1908 p. 2 -- Chase suggests that Miss Sarah Farmer is a bit egotistical. Green Acre is hers; she must give herself up. And she's under the influence of Mrs. Bull, who is gardly a Baha'i. `AB won't come to the USA, at least for a while. Chase says it wouldn't be beneficial. Palestine is the center of the Cause, not America. Pilgrimages would have to stop if `AB left. Green Acre problems. Ambitions of the Green Acre Board members. How to phase out the Monsalvat school, with its plethera of religions. Mrs. Brown is helping Mirza Raffie financially. Ober and Lunt are in Chicago because of political involvement [this fact is corroborated by the Lunt entry in the 3rd report of the Harvard Class of 1903, 1913. Lunt was involved in the Republican party.] Mrs. Campbell will be a "tower of strength" in the Cause. Her work at Green Acre was very effective. T. Chase to Mrs. Rice-Wray c87 1p. Chicago, 30 Oct. 1908 Chase just returned from Cincinnati. One hundred attended a mmeting at the Odd Fellows Hall there, and most were nonBaha'is. T. Chase to Haji Mirza Haydar Ali 1p. Chicago, 31 Oct. 1908 Chase met him on pilgrimage; he gave Chase lessons. He just sent Chase a letter of instruction; Chase thanks him. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 86, c87 (2) 5 p. Chicago, 31 Oct. 1908 Chase is sending Zayn a typewriter. Agnew, Scheffler, helped to pay for it. Chase quotes Matt. 2 and 26, and 2 Thes 3:3-4. These verses cause trouble in teaching Christians. What is their explanation? Mrs. Ida Finch is described. Chase was in St. Louis "three weeks ago" "where, until recently, there has not been a believer..." Meetings in St. Louis were held. "Mrs. Rice-Wray and her daughter, Ella Rice-Wray, the first St. Louis believers, were there.... All of these [three others too] have been members of the Theosophical Society and are coming up to a conception of realities rather than imagination." There are four new believers in St Louis: Mrs. Abbie B. Campbell; her daughter, Mrs. Bartlett; Mr. Bartlett; and Mrs. Campbell's father. Cincinnati has twelve believers. Meetings were held there too; one hundred came to one recently. There are actually two letters to Zayn by Chase written on this day. They have 2 and 3 pp. respectively. I don't know how they got conflated together in my notes. T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha 5 Nov. 1908 Chase signs his letter in Persian, Thabit. Chase mentions purchase of land for the Temple. T. Chase to Ella Cooper San Francisco Archives 2 p. Chicago, 14 Nov. 1908 Mrs. Rabb of Portland, Oreg., is mentioned. Some Episcopal clergymen are interested in the Faith; one, Mr. Fisher, is a Baha'i. T. Chase to Charles M. Remey c87 2p. Chicago, 14 Nov. 1908 Remey wants to write a book on his Oriental travels. The BPS is willing to publish it. Chase tells Remey about the Baha'i Publishing Society's financial difficulties. They give books away freely. But books really shouldn't be given away too freely, if the person can pay; it cultivates the wrong attitude. Remey wants his publications to be distributed on the west coast. Chase suggests who could, and who could not, do it. Madame Bethlen is in Chicago. T. Chase to Ethel Rosenberg c87 2 p. Chicago, 17 Nov. 1908 Rosenberg and Thornburgh-Cropper had sent the BPS money to help in the publishing work. Chase thanks them again. Catholicism and a Catholic conference are mentioned. p. 2 -- Tablets of Abdul Baha Abbas is coming out. All three volumes are ready. "They will go to the printer I think within a month." "There will be three books about as large as Miss Barney's, all of Tablets..." Chase is preparing "a little book," The Bahai Revelation. Chase just aches to return to Akka. Percy Woodcock to Corinne True c87 2p. 21 Nov. 1908 Extracts from his letter only, about the Temple. Woodcock quotes Boylan, quoting `AB, that the correct site has been chosen and that it should not be changed. NY had its first real Temple meeting last Tuesday evening. T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy 81 2p. Chicago, 25 Nov. 1908 The Temple site has become a source of controversy. Mrs. True has accused the House of Spirituality of "denying Abdul Baha." Mrs. True says `AB consecrated the Temple site; the House of Spir. is skeptical. Mention of Mr. W. [Woodcock?] The pope and infallibility. Marriage, and peculiar interpretations of the Writings to endorse celibacy. The second issue of the Bulletin has been received. Some propose that a temporary Temple building could be erected. Chase says that is not what `AB wants. The distance of the Temple site from Chicago, and the difficulty of reaching it on public transportation. Chase says he would have opposed the site, if he had been in town when it was discussed. T. Chase to Mr. Hooper Harris copy Chicago, 27 Nov. 1908 Mrs. True is the leader of the lobby for the Temple site. Temple business. Chase complains the site is too far out; he would not have approved of the place, if he had been in Chicago when the vote was taken. Harris is the editor of a Bulletin; two issues have been published. Someone is accusing the House of Spir. of "denying Abdul Baha." A P.S. discusses women's affairs. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant copy 6p. Chicago, 30 Nov. 1908 Chase is replying to two letters from Mrs. Bryant of the 19th and 23rd [of Nov.?] Theosophy and New Thought; Chase discusses why individuals from these backgrounds have trouble understanding the Faith. The problem is their view of God and their understanding of the nature of human beings. Chase stresses the powerless and weakness of man before God. A beautiful letter, expressing Chase's view of man's relation to God. More on Mrs. Brown (the Swedenborgian?). Lunt, Crowley, Ober all were former pupils of hers. She's not a Baha'i. Miss Bush-Parsons is more or less a Baha'i. She is a "peculiar person." Trials in New York City of the Board of Counsel. Chase describes the New York Board as "cool headed," as is the House of Spir. in spite of attacks. Mr. Woodcock of Chicago is now in New York City. He apparently mixes much personal ideas with the Faith. He says that not all the truth is in the books; he may say he is a bearer of the truth himself! He is idolized by some and disliked by others. Mrs. Eastwood, Mrs. Clark of Denver, Nathaniel Clark of Denver, Dr. C., Steadmans are mentioned. Are they all Colorado Baha'is? T. Chase to Mirza Asadu'llah copy 81 3p. Chicago, 1 Dec. 1908 The Temple. Chase discusses the upcoming convention arrangements and its purpose. A permanent Temple committee is desired. The convention will create one, they hope. Meanwhile the House of Spir. is doing the work. Chase is very positive about the Temple and the Convention. Opposition to any one locality is diminishing. `AB's tablets are unting all behind the work. T. Chase to Ameen Fareed c87 1p. Chicago, 1 Dec. 1908 Chase yearns to be in Akka again; he misses `AB. "Sometimes I am almost ill with that longing." Mrs. Chase is in the east. Joe, Chase's son, is at Dartmouth and likes it. Theosophy and New Thought are crumbling. Chase calls his second book Bahai Religion it "will be published some time." [Note: in November, however, he called it the Bahai Revelation.] New York Board of Counsel to T. Chase and the House of Spir. copy 81 12 Dec. 1908 How do we go about electing a delegate? The problems of the New York Board of Counsel are indirectly evident here. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant c87 5p. Fort Wayne, Ind., 13 Dec. [1908] Chase is going to Detroit, then Cleveland, then to Springfield, Mass., or Dartmouth for Christmas. Chase will return to Chicago in less than three weeks. Woodcock, in New York City, is causing trouble. He has "adorers." Mrs. Bryant has been accused of "desire to be a leader in this `cult'" (egotism and ambition in Denver). She is battling against metaphysical tendencies among the Baha'is. Boston news--Mrs. Nash of Denver is living there now and is helping. Madame Bethlen is giving shallow, childish Baha'i talks in Chicago. She's got a little stock that brings her an income of $30/month. She wants to travel around the world. She's a large, distinguished woman with a good complexion and a charming smile. She has a tablet from`AB telling her to visit certain countries; she reads it everywhere. It says she should have a companion, but she doesn't. Jean Masson wants to accompany Bethlen around the world, but she has no money either, except the little she earns from writing, and the little she borrows from the Baha'is and doesn't pay back! Reference to Ober, Lunt, Campbell, Ford, Nash. T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy 9 p. Fort Wayne, Ind., 13 Dec. 1908 Mrs. Ida Finch: "a level headed and sincere believer." Temple affairs: a group "consecrated" the Temple site. Mrs. T. [True] wrote the House of Spir. and accused them of "denying Abdul Baha." The letter was sent to Chase. Mrs. T. and Bro. Woodcock are "two of a kind." Temple money problems. The upcoming convention. Miss T., Miss F [Farmer]. Chase describes how the House of Spir. functions. It has learned never to antagonize. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Startzel of Rawlins, Wyoming c87 3p. Detroit, 19 Dec. 1908 She is not a Baha'i. The letter is introductory about the Faith. Chase heard of her from the Latimers. Haji Mirza Haydar Ali to T. Chase 1 p. Akka, 20 Dec. 1908 Haydar Ali thanks Chase for sending him a photograph of himself (of Chase).

YR 1909

T. Chase to G. Claybrooke copy 81 2p. Chicago, 2 Jan. 1909 Chase has just returned from the east coast for one month. Chase wishes him a happy [Christian] New Year; so Claybrooke apparently is not a Baha'i. He is "trying Christian Science." Chase discusses his view of Christian Sci. He says he disagrees with its views on religion, but if it has help, thank God for it. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn Chicago, 9 Jan. 1909 Chase asks `AB to send a message to the Convention. Notice of the convention has been mailed to Baha'is in seventy localities. There are now 700 tablets in the House of Spir. archives. Tablets of Abdul Baha Abbas is coming along. Vol. 1 should be available in two or three weeks. Agnew, Windust, Chase are doing the work. In Galilee was published "last summer." T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy 81 Chicago, 12 Jan. 1909 Chase was in Springfield for a few days at Christmas. Woodcock is going through tests. Temple land. The upcoming Bahai Temple Unity convention was scheduled for 20 Feb., but no one could make it then, so it's being rescheduled. "You know what threw Kheiralla off base. It was the word from Abdul Baha: `There are to be no chiefs in that country.'" (p. 3). The role of Houses of Spirituality. Mrs. Ida Finch is just back from pilgrimage. Ida Finch was a Christian Science healer for seventeen years. T. Chase to Mrs. Goodall and Mrs. Cooper M9B1F43 Chicago, 12 Jan. 1909 Chase was absent from Chicago for one month. T. Chase to Ethel Rosenberg c87 1p. Chicago, 12 Jan. 1909 Rosenberg is on her way to Akka. "If it is convenient, say to `AB that the House of Spirituality here is doing all that is possible to hasten the progress of the Mashrek-el-Azcar [sic], the Temple at Chicago. We are sending out notices to gather a Convention of delegates form believers in all parts of the country together to crystallize and carry out the work." "My heart is there [Akka] all the time." The date is confusing. It looks like 1908 with a 1909 superimposed. Context indicates it must be 1909. T. Chase to Mrs. Louisa Johnson copy 81 M4B6F27 9 p. Chicago, 16 Jan. 1909 Chases compares Theosophy with the Faith, especially on p. 4. Chase seems to know it pretty well, too. p. 7 -- Reincarnation. Baha'u'llah, Adam were universal manifestations, culminating prophetic cycles. "for fifteen years the writer was a confirmed reincarnationist." T. Chase to Mr. Das 1p. Chicago, 19 Jan. 1909 Apparently Mr. Das is from India, he may now be in India, but I doubt it. T. Chase to Mrs. Rice-Wray c87 4p. Chicago, 19 Jan. 1909 Accounts of Atlantis are not trustworthy. Chase gives Haji Mirza Haydar Ali's version of progressive revelation. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn c87 4p. Chicago, 19 Jan. 1909 The typewriter was mailed on 30 Oct. Chase asks `AB to send a message to convention. The notice was mailed to Baha'is in seventy localities. There are over 700 tablets in the House of Spir. archives. Tablets of Abdul Baha Abbas is coming along. There will be 500 copies printed and ready for sale at convention. Vol. I will be available in 2-3 weeks. Agnew, Windust, Chase are doing the work. In Galilee was published "last summer." Note, the contents of this letter are identical to the 9 Jan. 1909 letter. Are there two letters? Or is one of the dates wrong? Note, also, my notes for both are virtually identical. "There has always been something very strange about efforts to get mail to Acca." Chase sends a map of the USA to Zayn, and explains the distances to him. Gertrude Buikema to T. Chase copy 82 1 p. Chicago, 20 Jan. 1909 Regarding the Bahai Bulletin and The Day, two publications from New York. They are no longer being printed. Chase was the spiritual father of Mrs. Wagner. T. Case to Mrs. Mary Rabb, Portland, OR copy 82 6 p. Fort Wayne, IN, 27 Jan. 1909 Chase alludes to a passage in the writings about Adam. Chase says Noah's flood didn't occur. Chase recommends use of the doxology at Baha'i services on Sunday. Chase is replying to her letter, with news of Portland. Chase's attitude toward the Bible; it is not infallible or literal. Bit it contains a spiritual message. On p. 3, Chase exegetes a passage in a way similar to Abu'l-Fadl would, or `AB, or Kheiralla [I have no idea what I meant here!]. "the Bahai Religion." `Abdu'l-Baha to T. Chase copy 81 rec'd Chicago, 2 Feb. 1909 A short tablet. Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase c87 1p. 16 Feb. 1909 A tablet to the convention was revealed several days ago and is on its way. Dr. Fisher (of New York) was just on pilgrimage. He spoke, on `AB's request, to a gathering of pilgrims. He's now in Italy. He's "filled with the spirit." A tablet has been published in Persia, urging the Baha'is to contribute to the Temple in Chicago. Contributions are collecting in Akka for forwarding. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 81, c87 3p. Chicago, 23 Feb. 1909 Thank you for the tablets and ringstones. Wars and rumors of wars; Chase notes that the prophecy about Berlin is still not fulfilled. Scheffler "is a beautiful Bahai." There are now 800 tablets in the House of Spir. archives. Bahai Temple Unity convention. Chicago meetings. TAB I is now at the binder; it will be out in a few days. The other two volumes are set on copper plates. Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase c87 1p. 2 Mar. 1909 Excerpt from the letter only. `AB visited Haifa and Lake Tiberias. The Hannens have arrived on pilgrimage and spent "nine glorious days" with `AB. T. Chase to Harlan Ober c87 1p. Chicago, 3 Mar. 1909 Chase will be in Quincy, Ill., tonight, then in St. Louis; he will be back to Chicago in one week. TAB I is now available for sale; its $1 each. The MacNutts, Ober, and others leave for Akka and Persia in May. Chase is glad and wishes he could come [they never made it to Persia anyway]. New York news. T. Chase to Mrs. Nash c87 1p. Chicago, 3 Mar. 1909 Mrs. Bryant is now in Chicago, staying with Miss MacKinney. The MacNutts have arrived in Chicago for the convention (in a few weeks). Mrs. Nash is now situated in Denver. Chase leaves for Quincy, IL, tonight. Probably he'll be in Denver in 3 or 4 weeks. Tablets of Abdul Baha Abbas is just coming off the press. Volumes two and three are on plates. The Bahai Revelation is being prepared for typesetting. 900 tablets in the archives. T. Chase to Mrs. Rabb copy 81 copy in Portland, also. 6 p. St. Louis, 9 Mar. 1909 Reincarnation; Chase says he was a reincarnationist for fifteen years. Chase says there is no evolution. Chase cautions against using the Greatest Name indiscriminately. Chase explains the ring stone symbol. Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase c87 1 p. Akka, 22 Mar. 1909 A description of the interring of the Bab in the sarcophagus on Mt. Carmel. The letter is typed; he got his typewriter! T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy 81 Denver, 5 Apr. 1909 Convention news. Boston news. Stanwood Cobb. Miss Wilson [Maria?] Chase will be in Denver a week or more. T. Chase to Howard MacNutt Denver, 7 Apr. 1909 Chase's reply to MacNutt's letter of congratulations to Chase on his new book. Chase replies in thanks. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 81, c87 3p. Chicago, 23 Apr. 1909 Zayn got his typewriter! Chase reflects on the interrment od the Bab's remains. He asks Zayn for a long description of the event. Chase has just returned from two weeks in Denver. Mrs. Bryant hasn't lived there much in the last few years. She has had difficulty in teaching the Faith in ways that others will understand. "I lived there [Denver] for several years (twenty years ago) and my heart yearns to see Denver have an Assembly of many people working in the Bahai Cause." The Bahai Temple Unity convention "was of value to the Cause throughout the country." It had a "beautiful spirit of harmony and union." In New York City there are "parties" still. Chase thinks the problem is that many of the active Baha'is have converted only recently; they don't know Baha'i procedure yet, and still cling to many of their previous beliefs. There will be a tent on the Temple site all summer. In a few days Chase will send a copy of the Bahai Revelation to Zayn and one to `AB. The Ridvan feast will be held on the Temple grounds under a tent on 2 May. The tent will be up much of the summer. T. Chase to Mrs. A. M. Bryant 2p. 24 April 1909 Chase visited Denver. She wasn't there, so he gives her all the news. A Sunday PM meeting was held, then another, and Tuesday and Wednesday PM meetings. Feast was on Friday; nine attended. Chase attended the Divine Science meetings on both Sundays that he was in town; the Baha'is have strong contact with them. Many Divine Science people are attending Baha'i meetings. The Bahai Bulletin has lapsed. Harris can't continue it. Some New York ladies may do it. T. Chase to Miss J. Culver, of Cambridge, Mass copy 82 6p. Chicago, 26 Apr. 1909 She is a non-Baha'i seeker. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn Chicago, 29 Apr. 1909 Should the pronouns referred to Baha'u'llah and `AB be capitalized? Bahai Revelation must have come out. T. Chase to Mrs. E. A. Rice-Wray copy 86 3 p. Chicago, 11 May 1909 "This is Religion, but it is not `a religion.'" "I presume that I was the first one who used the word [Bahaism] in an effort to express briefly the Cause, but I never liked it, and all of the scholarly ones connected with the Cause deplore greatly its use." We avoid it and speak of Bahai Revelation, Cause, Unity, etc. St. Louis Baha'i activities. The Bahai Temple Unity convention: "We had a glorious time, and much work was done in providing for the furtherance of the Temple matters. It is arranged to purchase the whole plot of ground, which will make a beautiful site." T. Chase to Miss J. Culver, Cambridge, Mass copy 3p. Chicago, 27 May 1909 "nor can it be intended that one should bring children at imminent danger to one's life. My mother died when I was 17 days old and my childhood was loveless and lonely, as there was neither mother, sister nor brother..." Culver is a Baha'i About marriage. Chase notes that he has difficulties in his relationship with Mrs. Chase because of their different religious beliefs. Chase infers that `AB would not give specific advice whether to marry or not. T. Chase to Mrs. Preston copy 81 3p. Chicago, 9 June 1909 Theosophy and reincarnation; Chase says he was a reincarnationist for fifteen years. He is writing an "article" on it, but it has become very long. Chicago Women's Assembly Circular Letter copy 81 Chicago, 5 July 1909 Just nine years ago the Women's Assembly was formed [summer, 1900?] The Assembly went out of existence--but now they are back. They are writing other communities to urge them to form similar women's assemblies. Mention of their nineteen day teas. E. and E. Rice-Wray to T. Chase 4 p. 19 July 1909 No notes Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase c87 1 p. Akka, 22 July 1909 Typewritten letter As to the question of capitalizing pronouns referring to the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and `AB: `AB says "the members of the House of Spirituality must unanimously discuss this question and that which is approved by the majority, the same should be established and carried out." E. and E. A. Rice-Wray to T. Chase 2 p. 23 July 1909 No notes. T. Chase to unknown Chicago, 29 July 1909 Bible reincarnation evolution T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy Chicago, 30 July 1909 Chase replies to a letter from Ober of 23 June. Company matters -- Chase says he resigns as of 30 Nov. They want him to move to Los Angels and supervise only as far east as Denver. Chase thinks he would be more useful in Chicago or the east. Or he wants to move to Denver and start a land company; he is trying to start it right now. This is his tentative plan. He worked for the company for 22 years; since 1887. Chase wants to visit Green Acre this year, but he can't. Mrs. Campbell and Celia Richmond both work at Green Acre. Mr. Stevens of Boston, Francis Lyon of Green Acre. Bahai Publishing Society policies about the sale of books. The meetings in Chicago every Sunday are going well. E. and E. A. Rice-Wray to T. Chase 4 p. 8 Aug. 1909 No notes. T. Chase to Mrs. E. A. Rice-Wray c87 3p. Chicago, 13 Aug. 1909 Chase says the world's first telegraph message was at 9 AM on 24 May 1844, not on 23 May (as she said somewhere). Chase says he will be moving. Chase gives the short obligatory prayer in an old translation. Chase refers to the "Order of 15." BH rejects reincarnation. The "depth of polytheism" is turning from God and toward the self. T. Chase to Mr. Abner C. Johnson, Ashdale, MO 2p. Chicago, 14 Aug. 1909 Business dealings in Colorado. Chase invites him to invest in land. Chase lived there twelve years. Chase will be involved in the plan himself. T. Chase to Alfred Lunt copy Chicago, 17 Aug. 1909 Chase hasn't heard from Lunt in a long time. Chase is still planning to move to Denver; his alternative is Los Ang. Boston is quiet because the friends are all at Green Acre. Sidney Sprague has returned from Persia and is going back. Mrs. Dr. Stone of Boston going to Seattle. Chicago meetings are prosperous. Miss Susan Moody is going to Persia with Sprague. Chase asks Lunt to join in the land company. Stedmans, Denver Baha'is, have been friends of Chase for 15 years. Mr. and Mrs. Coe are not Baha'is, but have been friends of Chase for 27 years [since 1882]. Chase must raise half the initial $5000.00 investment. He is proposed to be the manager of the land agents, correspondence and advertising. Chase just received two tablets from `AB. T. Chase to E. and E. A. Rice-Wray 6 p. 22 Aug. 1909 No notes. T. Chase to Mrs. Louise Waite copy 81 M22F14 2 p. Chicago, 1 Sept. 1909 Chase hints at his own mystical experience, which "saved me from destruction." The bottom of page 1 has been torn off. T. Chase to `Abdu'l-Baha 9 Sept. 1909 Chase is still in Chicago. T. Chase to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 81 Chicago, 9 Sept. 1909 `AB replies that House of Spir. should decide on pronouns. Many believe the Bahai Temple Unity has now replaced the House of Spir. Chase yearns for Akka. The Temple. Chase must leave for Los Ang. "because of his ardor in the Cause of God." Chase wishes he could retire and devote all of his time to the Faith. T. Chase to Crowley copy 81 M-91SC, Crowley papers 1 p. Chicago, 10 Sept. 1909 "You know I have lost my position in business because of my attention to religious matter partly." The Faith has done well in Chicago this summer. Joe is in Portland, Maine, working for Crowley. Crowley is a Baha'i. T. Chase to Baha'i friends Chase's address at the Corinthian Hall, Masonic Temple, Chicago, 26 Sept. 1909. He comments on Revelation, chaps. 1-2. T. Chase to Crowley M-91 SC, Crowley papers 1 p. Chicago, 28 Sept. 1909 "I go to Los Angeles within a week" Chase is going to Cleveland tonight on a short business trip. Handwritten letter. T. Chase to House of Spirituality copy 81 M-125 SC F11 San Francisco, 19 Oct. 1909 When are you meeting? San Francisco is "practically nothing" (in terms of Baha'i activity). There is a little in Oakland. The House of Spirituality must guide activities outside of Chicago more, and send out more teachers. Chase wants to start a "committee" in Los Ang. T. Chase to Mr. Benjamin Taylor c87 2p. Los Ang., 23 Nov. 1909 Christianity was the Kingdom of the Son, the Faith is the Kingdom of the Father; the terms themselves show the greater maturity of humanity today. New Thought. T. Chase to Harlan Ober copy Los Ang., 28 Nov. 1909 a reply to Ober's 19 Nov. letter. Chase describes Los Ang. as full of "isms" "fads and fancies." Chase's finances require more work time now. Chase alludes that his wife opposes his Baha'i activity. Denver needs a strong Baha'i teacher. Los Ang. has about twenty-five Baha'is, but they are scattered in the whole area; in Hollywood, Tropico, Pasadena, Glendale, Los Ang. proper, Long Beach. Mrs. Haney. Ref to Paul Haney, as a two month old baby! Chase says `Abdu'l-Baha gave him the name of `Abdu'l-Baha and the English name Paul. Mrs. Winterburn is in Tropico. Mr. George Witte is in Long Beach. Boston is doing well. But Chase says four level-headed men keep the others from straying into "psychic and occult dangers." The Faith attracts many interested in occult. Chase stresses the importance of practical life. Men Baha'is are needed in order to balance the women! Chase refers to America as the center of pioneering to Orient. Chase alludes that he will not see Ober again in this world; a hint he would die? T. Chase to Albert Windust M-21 Wind. pap. copy 82 3 p. Los. Ang., 8 Dec. 1909 handwritten letter; so no copy in Chase papers. The letter replies to two letters by Windust. "I am most sorry to hear that Mr. Agnew is incapacitated from giving attention to the proposed magazine, because it seems to me a necessity that a magazine shall soon be established and it seems to me to need his help--" Windust asked Chase to be editor: "Concerning the suggestions, so often made (and which I deeply appreciate) that I should be the `Editor' of it. I am doubtful whether it would be wise for me to be at such a distance from its publication." Chase enumerates the requirements for an editor. He adds there will be no shortage of material, either. Chase says Agnew is the only other well-known Chicago believer. Charles M. Remey to T. Chase c87 3 p. at sea, 23 Dec. 1909 Typed; by Chase? Probably, because he quotes the letter a lot. Remey wrote it between Honolulu and "Tokio"; he'll be in Yokahama on Christmas day. They left Honolulu eight days ago. Remey notes that women are the dominant movers in the Cause; Chase quotes this passage. The Pacific coast, especially, has a shortage of Baha'i men. Honolulu is now "organized." It is in "fine shape" with "perfect unity." The Persian-American Educational Society began with an idea from last summer when Ahmad Sohrab, Sidney Sprague, and Howard MacNutt met in Chicago. "Its object being to secure funds in America for carrying on of the Tarbiat School in Tehran where Sprague teaches." Remey feels it should be called the "Bahai Educational Society" and have schools in many Persian cities, and that it should educate girls as well as boys. Remey stresses that its Baha'i identity should not be hidden. He asks for Chase's opinion. Mrs. Goodall is strongly against organization; she wrote to Miss Alexander "warning the believers against organization in any form and going on to state that Abdul-Baha did not wish organization." Remey wrote to Mrs. Goodall and disagreed; he asks Chase to speak to her as well.


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