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House of Spir. to "Our Oriental Bahai Brothers" Chicago, 1 Jan. 1905 Signed by T. Chase. The letter is printed on one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, typeset in English on one side with the Persian calligraphic version on the other. The two pages consist almost solely of greetings. Mrs. Charlotte Morton to the Chicago House of Spir. West Allis, WI, 9 Jan. 1905 The letter gives an account of the healing of her daughter in law. Minutes of the House of Spir. 10 Jan. 1905 T. Chase present. A special meeting with the Women's Assembly. List of active people. Minutes of the House of Spir. 14 Jan. 1905 T. Chase present. They read a few letters. Minutes of the House of Spir. 18 Feb. 1905 T. Chase present. The Kenosha believers present said that a Board of nine men had been established in their city. No minutes were taken for the meetings of 21-28 Jan., or for 4, 11, 25 Feb. and 4, 11 Mar. Seven meetings are missing. A note by Fannie Lesch says this. Minutes of the New York Board of Counsel copy 27 Jan. 1905 Copy in Chicago House of Spir. records. Present at the meeting were William Hoar, Arthur P. Dodge, W. Hooper Harris, Andrew Hutchinson, Frank E. Osborne, and William C. Dodge. The last is secretary and the first is chairman. They agree to let the Chicago House of Spir. do all publishing henceforth. Charles Mason Remey to House of Spir. Wash. D.C., 15 Feb. 1905 They are sending 43 tablets to the archives. Mrs. Waite to the House of Spir. 13 Feb. 1905 Her house is now open to believers every Wednesday afternoon, to study the words of `Abdu'l-Baha. A. Agnew to William Hoar n.d. The letter is all about the publication of the Hidden Words; how many, what cost, how long, when it will be available, etc. The book has just been typeset. Mrs. True to the House of Spir. 11 Feb. 1905 Mrs. True submitted a statement to the House of Spir. to be read at the Sunday meeting regarding a newspaper article about a supposed Baha'i who committed suicide. "Consultation with the Beloved is one one of the corner stones of our Cause" she says. They decided against reading the statement. Louis J. Voelz, Sec'y of Kenosha, to the House of Spir. n.d.; about Feb. 1905 Their hall is "almost too small" for their Sunday meetings. Mrs. Frankie Benning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Benning, has died; they had funeral services at 10:30 AM on Sunday 22 Jan. 1905. "The services were very beautiful." Voelz calls the Kenosha Baha'is "Bahaists." Someone--Windust, I guess--crossed out the last two letters. Louis J. Voelz, Sec'y, to the House of Spir. 12 Mar. 1905 Is it "customary to observe the Feast of Nayrooz. Kindly let me hear from you." Note on the bottom "answered yes, 3/16/05 - G. Lesch." Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 25 Mar. 1905 Eight present. Colonel Fitz-Gerald of Tacoma, WA, requests letters of recommendation as a Baha'i speaker. 200 copies of tablets received. "Mr. Greenleaf suggested that we devote our efforts toward strengthening the downtown meeting, with the idea of attracting some of the old believers who had apparently fallen away, as well as strangers, and also that notice of group meetings be made regularly." George T. Winterburn to House of Spir. 21 Feb. 1905 Mr. and Mrs. John F. Manning "wrote their supplication to our dear Master" "last night." The Winterburns moved to Los Ang. in Sept. 1904, apparently. Mr. Winterburn knew Mr. Manning in California in 1887-88. Dr. and Mrs. Tizzard became Baha'is slightly earlier: "the first four people in Los Angeles to whom I spoke of the Teachings and they have all accepted..." Regular Friday evening meetings; the ladies meet every nineteen days. Mrs. Goodall came down for a week on vacation and helped. Mrs. Corinne True to Mr. Thornton Chase (House of Spir.) copy 83 23 Mar. 1905 Couldn't we buy 475 West Monroe and make it our Temple? The Women's Assembly can give $500.00 "we have more West Side believers that any other side." Frieda Luehr to Mr G. Lesch, sec'y Goodwin, Neb., 20 Mar. 1905 She is writing "in commemoration of the great feast day." A letter to be read to the Assembly. The letter to the Assembly is attached: "Greetings of joy to all the Dear Friends in commemoration of the Feast day, following the blessed Fast--" Apparently she has fasted, too, She knows the "light upon light" quote, regarding both spiritual and material fasting. Miss Pauline Luehr, her sister, has become a Baha'i "and has also kept the material Fast." She then quotes the 100th Psalm! Minutes of the House of Spir. 18 Mar. 1905 T. Chase present; seven total. Letters were discussed, and renting a hall for the next year. Minutes of the House of Spir. 25 Mar. 1905 T. Chase present. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 Apr. 1905 T. Chase present. Improvements on Sunday meetings are approved. In a letter to `Abdu'l-Baha, undated, the House of Spir. says they have collected 200 tablets and have placed them in a safety deposit box. House of Spir. to Miss Frieda Luehr Chicago, 31 Mar. 1905 Thank you for your beautiful letter read at the Sunday meeting. Naw-Ruz celebration at Mrs. True's home, evening of 21 Mar. 1905. House of Spir. to `Abdu'l-Baha n.d.; about Naw-Ruz 1905 A literature agreement between Chicago and New York has been arranged. Mr. Remey consults with us too. Kenosha has doubled in size. Shua`u'llah visited there, but had no effect. Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Harris are visiting Wash. D.C. and helping to teach there. Growth in Los Ang. has occurred. "Col. Fitzgerald is delivering a series of lecture" "in Tacoma and Seattle Wash [WA]." Mrs. Haney "is giving the Message" in Minneapolis. Mrs. Bryant is in Denver. The House of Spir. has 200 tablets in the vault now. Mrs. Waite's concert was a success. The money is to be used to publish the Hidden Words and other writings. The House of Spir. has sent a letter to the Oriental communities. C. Scheffler wrote the letter; its seven pages long. House of Spir. of the Holy City, Akka, to the House of Spir. of Chicago B4F12 3 p. Akka, 4 Apr. 1905 The letter isn't about anything in particular. Its a general, exhortatory letter. It mentions `Abdu'l-Baha's pleasure at having a Temple built in the West. The Persian original was translated by Sinore Muzaffar Raffie of the University of Chicago on 15 May 1905. Did a House of Spir. really exist in Akka? Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 15 Apr. 1905 T. Chase present. Letter on Ridvan being mailed to all Assemblies in the USA. Chicago's celebration to be on Sunday 23 Apr. Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 22 Apr. 1905 T. Chase present; eight total, and one from Bernard Jacobsen of Kenosha. Letter of the House of Spir. to the USA Baha'is dated 17 April 1905 explains Ridvan, the three Holy Days in it, etc. It is necessary for Baha'is to refrain from work on the three days, if possible. "The remainder of the evening was devoted to considering the difficulties encountered by Mr. Jacobsen in Kenosha, one of which was that of eradicating excessive drink habit, manifested by a few of the friends, which had proved detrimental to the Cause." Letter to `Abdu'l-Baha acknowledging the tablet of Love. House of Spir. Circular Letter on Ridvan copy 83 Chicago, 17 Apr. 1905 The first, ninth, and twelfth days are Holy Days; the first is 21 April; it commemorates Baha'u'llah's declaration. One should not work on those days. Chicago will celebrate it on Sunday 23 Apr.; Easter! Charles Mason Remey to House of Spir. __ Apr. 1905 The Wash. D.C. Baha'is have established a Baha'i "summer camp"--it sounds like a summer school. It is at Colonial Beach, VA, a summer resort. Mrs. Barnitz taught the Faith there for several summers. They hope a well-known Baha'i teacher will come. Tents will be pitched at Camp Mineola in July and Aug. only. They will teach the Baha'i Faith only; not comparative religion, like Green Acre. Andrew J. Nelson to Mr. and Mrs. A. Agnew 13 Apr. 1905 They just got a copy of the new edition of the Hidden Words. They just had a son--Russell Effendi, born 19 Feb. 1905. Louis J. Voelz, Sec'y, to the House of Spir. copy 83 Kenosha, 2 Apr. 1905 Naw-Ruz celebrated at headquarters the evening of 21 Mar. They read tablets; Jacobsen spoke; then they had musical numbers and refreshments. House of Spir. to `Abdu'l-Baha Chicago, 21 Apr. 1905 A letter sent with Fareed to `Abdu'l-Baha. It doesn't ask for any particular instruction. Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 29 Apr. 1905 Seven present. Children's classes proposed by Bartlett [again]. Mr. Guilford, Mrs. Kline, Dr. Canfield, Mr. Barrick have become inactive; let us arouse them. House of Spir. to `Abdu'l-Baha 21 Apr. 1905 Thank you for the tablet on love to the House of Spir. The letter was signed by A. Agnew, Greenleaf, Goodale, C. Scheffler, Windust, G. Lesch, Currier, Thacher, T. Chase, Hinckley, Bender, and Jacobsen. Twelve total, including one from Kenosha. Mrs. Cecilia Harrison to House of Spir. n.d. She requests to hold unity meetings, but doesn't say when. Minutes of the House of Spir. 6 May 1905 T. Chase present; eight total. At the next meeting they will elect officers. Mrs. Peeke in Sandusky, OH, ordered 20 books recently. Minutes of the House of Spir. 20 May 1905 There are no Minutes of the 13 May 1905 meeting. T. Chase present; nine total. Mrs. Greenleaf, President of the Women's Assembly, came and met with them. They consulted. Poster on socialism and the Baha'i Faith. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 27 May 1905 T. Chase present; so was his wife and son, Joe. The House of Spir. met with the Women's Assembly. It wa a long meeting; many suggestions. T. Chase was chairman. A list of those investigating the Faith suggested to be drawn up; they could be invited to socials. The first social will be 9 June. Mrs. Greenleaf felt a monthly meeting, like a nineteen day tea, was necessary. T. Chase said we can't have too many meetings. They decided to meet the last Saturday of each Gregorian month. Mrs. Roe, Mrs. Shaffner, are the Women's Assembly Program Committee. Literature to be sold at Sunday meetings. Discussion of reactivating the American believers. Ascension of Baha'u'llah is tomorrow; it is suggested those assembled pray at the end of the Sunday evening meeting (which is 28 May). Finances are discussed. Non-Baha'is contribute in Kenosha. Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 3 June 1905 Eight present, including T. Chase. They received minutes of the Women's Board. The next nineteen day tea is 11 June 1905. Minutes of the Women's Board Meeting Wed. afternoon, 30 May 1905 Present are Mesdames Greenleaf, Shaffner, Roe, Kirchner, Waite, True, Lesch. They planned for their 9 June social. They may try to organize an auxiliary for charitable and philanthropic work. Mrs. Fannie Lesch is secretary of the body; she signs the minutes "Fannie G. Lesch, Sec'y" and is instructed to write a letter. Minutes of the House of Spir. 10 June 1905 T. Chase present, seven total. Letter of 19 June to `Abdu'l-Baha about a Mrs. Cecilia Harrison, who is teaching that women in the future will be able to have children without sex! Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 17 June 1905 T. Chase present, seven total. Meeting at his home, 53 Ashland Blvd. Most of the women are out of town for the summer, so joint meetings will be suspended. Minutes of the House of Spir. 24 June 1905 T. Chase present; six total. The House of Spir. is writing the women expressing their hope that joint meetings will be renewed in the fall. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 July 1905 T. Chase absent; six total present. House of Spir. to Nathan Fitz-Gerald Chicago, 24 June 1905 Fitz-Gerald was not well received by the Minister's Alliance of Tacoma, WA. Mr. Arthur James to the House of Spir. 4 July 1905 He has taught "Bro. Hale" and three others in Jersey City--they "have started meetings there." Minutes of the House of Spir. Sat. 8 July 1905 T. Chase present; six total. He was absent from Chicago last Sat. At the same time he visited Michigan [MI] with Greenleaf. There were 75 present at a picnic on 4 July. Minutes of the House of Spir. 15 July 1905 T. Chase present; seven total. Minutes of the House of Spir. 22 July 1905 T. Chase absent; only four present. General discussion. Minutes of the House of Spir. 29 July 1905 T. Chase is away on the Maine coast. The positions of President and Vice President are changed to chairman and vice chairman. A letter sent by T. Chase from Portland, Maine, dated 24 July 1905, was read. He had just left Green Acre that morning; he may go back in August, They must send all mail to `Abdu'l-Baha through Ahmad Yazdi in Port Said; the House of Spir. will notify Fitz-Gerald, Dealy, and all communities. T. Chase to House of Spir. Portland, Me., 24 July 1905 T. Chase has received a letter from H. Clifford Barney that says they must send all mail to `Abdu'l-Baha through Ahmad Yazdi in Port Said. He tells the House of Spir. to tell everyone. The Turkish Committee of Investigation is the threat. New York, Wash. D.C. must also have heard from Miss Barney. Miss Barney's letter or cable, I believe, is in the T. Chase papers. Minutes of the House of Spir. 5 Aug. 1905 T. Chase absent; seven present. Minutes of the House of Spir. 12 Aug. 1905 T. Chase absent, but the meeting is held in his house; six present. Letter to the New York Board of Counsel. Mirza Asadu'llah organized and established the House of Spir. in 1901. They want to make a compilation of guidance sent to all the Boards. The only Boards operating are in Chicago, Kenosha, New York City, and Hoboken, N.J. The letter is dated 16 Aug. 1905. The letter is sealed with the House of Spir. seal! Fred J. Woodward to the House of Spir. Wash. D.C., 30 July 1905 He describes when he became a Baha'i. He says Mrs. Pearl Doty was the founder of the Baltimore Baha'i community. Woodward has been in Wash. D.C. for two years; there are a few Baha'is there. "Behai." House of Spir. to all Counsel Boards Chicago, 16 Aug. 1905 The letter was written to three Boards: West Hoboken, through Arthur James; New York, through William Hoar; and Kenosha, through Bernard Jacobsen. Chicago wishes to compile all advice that `Abdu'l-Baha has given to Houses of Spir. Please send to us a list of all your members, when you started, etc. Minutes of the House of Spir. 19 Aug. 1905 T. Chase absent. There were no meetings on 26 Aug., 2 and 9 Sept. Replies to their letter to all Boards were received from New York and Kenosha. A letter from T. Chase, Small Point, Maine., dated 12 Aug. 1905. The place is fourteen miles from Bath, Maine. T. Chase must have been at Green Acre earlier, for a few days. The House of Spir. will get a post box. They have 253 tablets in the archives to date. They wrote to Mr. Woodward in Wash. D.C., suggesting establishment of a Board there. T. Chase to House of Spir. Small Point, Me., 21 Aug. 1905 He describes in detail the troubles in Akka. Mr. Dealy's strong opinions and his book publication. House of Spir. to all American Baha'is 1 Sept. 1905 The letter was sent to 150 localities. It says to send all mail for `Abdu'l-Baha to Ahmad Yazdi in Port Said, not to Haifa or Akka. House of Spir. to Fred Woodward copy 83 14 Aug. 1905 The House of Spir. suggests that Wash. D.C. organize a Board. They don't know of another city better prepared to take such a step. Kenosha Men's Board to the House of Spir. 25 Aug. 1905 A reply to the House of Spir.'s circular. We will be happy to send tablets of guidance we've received. The information you requested will be sent later. New York Board of Counsel, Hooper Harris, Sec'y, to House of Spir. 26 Aug. 1905 We will be glad to send you copies of our tablets. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 16 Sept. 1905 Eight present, including T. Chase. The House of Spir. sent out reply postcards with their 1 Sept. circular letter, and by now they have received about 50 replies. The 50 postcards follow. Oswego, N.Y. Assembly to the House of Spir. 10 Sept. 1905 Why not write all the Baha'is in the USA and ask them to pray each evening. And ask them to write the Sultan? There are a "few" believers in Oswego. Mrs. Louisa Ruddiman to House of Spir. copy 83 [where?] 11 Sept. 1905 She lives in Pine Grove Mills, Van Buren Co., MI. Please send to Dr. M. M. Rogers, a new convert, who lives in Union City, MI, a copy of the notice. He is a member of the Oriental Order of India [?], unchurched, a new convert. Edwin Anderson to the House of Spir. Thorpe, WI. (Box 23), 9 Sept. 1905 He says that `Abdu'l-Baha's trouble and His order that all Baha'is leave Akka must signal the end of the world. House of Spir. to Anderson 15 Sept. 1905 The House of Spir. replies that 1917 is when all will know of the Faith. House of Spir. to Dr. E. H. Pratt, M. D. 20 Sept. 1905 He had received a tablet from`Abdu'l-Baha. He wants to know if `Abdu'l-Baha has given them permission to publish the tablets. They reply yes. Pratt to the House of Spir. 28 Aug. 1905 His stationary says E. H. Pratt, M. D., Surgeon, Suite 1202, 100 State St. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 23 Sept. 1905 Ten present, including T. Chase. They receive nineteen more postcards. House of Spir. to the Oswego Assembly 19 Sept. 1905 The House of Spir. replies to Oswego's suggestions; we will ask Fareed about the petition; we believe everyone is already praying. Oscar Hinckley to the House of Spir. 410 Webster St., Joliet, Il., 22 Sept. 1905 Hinckley had a stroke "last Saturday" He cannot speak, but otherwise he's unaffected. Minutes of the House of Spir. 30 Sept. 1905 Seven present, including T. Chase. `Abdu'l-Baha's confinement at Akka has ceased. Two more replies to their post card. Minutes of the House of Spir. 7 Oct. 1905 Seven present, including T. Chase. They read various letters. Mrs. Waite has sent a letter to President Roosevelt. A circular was sent to 150 localities on 1 Oct. 1905 saying that `Abdu'l-Baha is safe, his confinement is over, but still send all mail to Port Said. Mrs. Corinne True to House of Spir. 3 Oct. 1905 She was in New York City and talked to MacNutt there. He would be happy to come to Chicago for a month to speak about the Faith. There will be a nineteen day tea at Mrs. Phelps's home on Wed. 4 Oct. 1905. Mrs. True is corresponding sec'y of the Women's Assembly. "Kenosha Board of C[ounsel]" to House of Spir. 5 Oct. 1905 The "Birthday of the Manifestation is drawing near, and comes on Nov. 12. We are making preparations for celebrating same and write to ask if your Assembly can come and take part with us thereby uniting several Assemblies..." They also invited Racine and Milwaukee. Louise Waite to President Theodore Roosevelt 25 Sept. 1905 The letter is not about anything in particular. She proclaims the Faith to him, quotes Baha'u'llah, and encloses her new song about America. Albert Windust to House of Spir. 6 Oct. 1905 He is out of town. Five tablets have been received from Brooklyn, N.Y. Assembly of Tabriz to the Chicago House of Spir. sent Rabiul I 3rd, 1323 A.H. trans. 13 Oct. 1905 A reply to a letter from the House of Spir. which arrived at Ridvan. The letter is signed (in English) "The House of Spirituality of Tabriz." It contains no real news. Minutes of the House of Spir. 14 Oct. 1905 Nine members present, including T. Chase. They read the letters they had received. Another reply from the 1 Sept. circular has been received: from Mrs. L. Ellsworth Jones of Anaconda, Montana. [I checked the spelling of her name and of the place, 3 June 1986] Corinne True is referred to as "Cor. Sec'y Women's Assembly." Mrs. L. Ellsworth Jones to Mr. G. Lesch 9 Oct. 1905. Her address is 508 Locust St., Anaconda, MT. Her letter thanks G. Lesch for the information about `Abdu'l-Baha's imprisonment. House of Spir. to Howard MacNutt 9 Oct. 1905 The House of Spir. invites him to come to Chicago to speak. House of Spir. to Corinne True 11 Oct. 1905 Thank you for telling us of MacNutt's offer. House of Spir. to the Kenosha Board of Counsel 11 Oct. 1905 We will tell the Chicago community of your invitation to come to Kenosha for the Birth of Baha'u'llah. Mrs. Corinne True to House of Spir. 13 Oct. 1905 She writes about a proposed joint meeting of the House of Spir. and the Women's Assembly; its time and place. House of Spir. circular letter to Oriental believers copy 83 4 p. Birth of Baha'u'llah, 12 Nov. 1905 Written for the House of Spir. by T. Chase. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 3 p. 21 Oct. 1905 The minutes are of a joint meeting with the ladies. Nineteen are present, eleven from the House of Spir., eight from the Ladies Board. Financing the rental of the hall is a problem. The yearbook idea is continued from the last joint meeting (May or June 1905). It would include a list of all Baha'is and of all events in the year. A piano is being offered for the community's use; but its too expensive. The Wednesday meetings at Mrs. Waterloo's have been successful. One treasurer will serve both bodies; a finance committee of two, one from each body, will advise. The proposal was carried. Howard MacNutt to House of Spir. copy 83 17 Oct. 1905 MacNutt's address is 935 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. He is speaking in New York, Brooklyn, Wash. D.C., and Newark up to and including 25 Nov. He can't say when he can come to Chicago. He speaks of "here and New York." House of Spir. to H. Mohammed Yazdi 2 p. Chicago, 19 Oct. 1905 "Bahai assemblies are springing up in many places in this country. We know of over 150 different places where there are some of the friends." Minutes of the House of Spir. 28 Oct. 1905 Eight members, including T. Chase, present; and Mr. Jacobsen present as a guest. Letters and five cards have arrived. Nathan Fitz-Gerald writes them to request for a subsidy so that he may teach the Faith full time. They decline to help. Charles M. Remey to House of Spir. copy 83 2 p. 2 Oct. 1905 It's typed, thank God! "I understand that in Col Fitzgerald's book, there are many indiscreet statements..." [I checked the spelling of "Col." and "Fitzgerald" on 3 June 1986.] Remey has a book in type; he is waiting for permission from `Abdu'l-Baha to publish. Rufus Bartlett to the House of Spir. 9 Oct. 1905 The letter is on his work stationary: Aetna Life Insurance Co., Accident and Liability Dept. He is Rufus H. Bartlett, M.D., Surgeon and Medical Examiner, 123- 125 La Salle St. "Kenosha Men's Board" to House of Spir. 9 Oct. 1905 They hope that many Chicago Baha'is will come up for the Holy Day observance. They will hold the meeting in the afternoon in order to make it easier. Milwaukee and Racine are coming too. The plans for the Birthday of Baha'u'llah celebration are coming well. Nathan Ward Fitz-Gerald Circular Letter copy 83 19 Oct. 1905 "Bahai Faith." A nice letter that asks for money. House of Spir. to Fitz-Gerald copy 83 24 Oct. 1905 The House of Spir. suggests that Fitz-Gerald not mix the Faith and advertising in his magazine, Old and New. Minutes of the House of Spir. 4 Nov. 1905 Present were eight members, including T. Chase. Mr. Ort was there as a visitor. They read their correspondence. They felt it would be best to eliminate "foreign expressions and chanting" "in our meetings where strangers are present." "it was generally agreed to be wise to do so." The chairman and the secretary will both have keys to the House of Spir. mailbox. Mr. Ort is invited to join the House of Spir. He will be presented to the community for ratification on Sunday evening, 5 Nov. D. S. Taylor to House of Spir. Niantic, CT, 30 Oct. 1905 Please send me anything I receive from `Abdu'l-Baha immediately. House of Spir. to Henrietta Fell Mills 6 Nov. 1905 We would love to help in Buffalo; but we don't know of any believers there. House of Spir. to Mr. Christ Anderson 1 Nov. 1905 Thank you for telling us of your change of address. Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 Nov. 1905 Eight members, including T. Chase, present. Sandusky, OH has twenty-four believers [and friends of the Faith?]; there are nine in Cleveland. T. Chase visited both places recently. [These are the numbers who attended meetings, probably when Chase spoke--additional note on 2 June 1986.] In Chicago, meetings [of the House of Spir.?] are being shifted from the house of Mrs. Russell and Dr. Moody to Thacher's office, 161 State St. House of Spir. circular letter to all American Baha'is 15 Nov. 1905 Fareed carried with him over 100 supplications to Akka. Remember, 26 Nov. is the Master's Day." One tablet of `Abdu'l-Baha is being sent to everyone; this is `Abdu'l-Baha's reply to the 100 supplications. He can't write individual replies because of the unsettled situation in Akka. Nathan Ward Fitz-Gerald to House of Spir. 7 p. 1 Nov. 1905 The letter is written on Old and New stationary; its address is Seattle, WA. Fitz-G. plans to stop selling advertisements in future issues. Fitz-G. has delivered 188 lectures in seven months, with no financial support at all. A remarkable letter that conveys Fitz-G.'s spirit quite well. He feels `Abdu'l-Baha has commanded him to lecture, so he won't earn a living. "Bahai faith." House of Spir. to Fitz-Gerald Chicago, 10 Nov. 1905 "Bahai Faith." The House of Spir. quotes the text of the Aqdas about earning a living. The House of Spir. reiterates the need for a magazine to supported by the believers, not by ads; "the time is not yet for a work of that character." Nathan Ward Fitz-Gerald to Albert Windust 24 Oct. 1905 Fitz-G. asks about socialism, the Faith, and biblical prophecy. Windust to Fitz-Gerald 5 Nov. 1905 Windust doesn't have more leaflets on Socialism, the Bible, and the Faith; he doesn't know where to get more; and he didn't like them anyway. We probably shouldn't mix the Faith and Socialism, anyway. House of Spir. to Isabella Br-ham 9 Nov. 1905 She wrote the House of Spir. about the first Baha'i meeting in a church in the USA. They thank her. Please help us by asking the Baha'is to send in their tablets to us. House of Spir. to Louis Voelz 6 Nov. 1905 The House of Spir. writes him to tell the Kenosha friends that eight Chicago Baha'is are coming up for the Birth of Baha'u'llah. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 18 Nov. 1905 This is a joint meeting of the House of Spir. and the Women. T. Chase is present. The nineteen day teas are getting too large to be held in houses. C. Scheffler notes that since the last joint meeting, $68.70 has been received; $30.00 has been spent to pay for the hall. Mrs. Shaffner is compiling the Yearbook; the Bahai Publishing Society will publish it. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 25 Nov. 1905 Present eighteen men, including T. Chase. Rufus Bartlett has passed on. They will send a letter to Mrs. Bartlett. A death notice from the paper is included in the records. The consult about teaching the Faith--very thorough. Ameen Fareed to House of Spir. 2 Dec. 1905 He cannot come to either House of Spir. meetings or the Sunday meetings. House of Spir. to Celia and Anna May Bartlett 22 Nov. 1905 Celia is Mrs. Rufus Bartlett; Anna May is his daughter. A beautiful condolence letter about Bartlett's passing. It gives no facts on his life, though. Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 Dec. 1905 Twelve present; T. Chase absent. This meeting and the previous one were called the "Gentlemen's Meeting, in connection with the House of Spirituality." Many who attended were not House of Spir. members. Letters, teaching discussed. Remey to Windust 7 Dec. 1905 Remey writes about tablets; the questions the tablets answer should be assembled, and their general portions published. Minutes of a Joint Meeting of the House of Spir. and the Women's Assembly 16 Dec. 1905 Five members of the House of Spir. and three ladies present; T. Chase present. "Mr. Lesch spoke of the coming to this city of Aga Hussein Mazloom." Either he has arrived in Chicago or is on his way [later minutes show that he arrived by the later dates, at least]. Thacher spoke of his trip to New York City. Minutes of the House of Spir. 23 Dec. 1905 Four present: T. Chase, Thacher, Ort, and G. Lesch. They discussed the use of the Greatest Name; it should only be used among the believers. Minutes of the House of Spir. 30 Dec. 1905 Ten present, including T. Chase and Mazloom. Letters were read. A monthly treasurer's report should be made. A collection was taken up to help Mr. Mazloom. Isabella Br-ham to House of Spir. 3 Dec. 1905 She writes to describe the giving of the Greatest Name in a Racine church in Dec. 1901. She received her first tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha in Feb. 1899. Dodges, MacNutts, Eliza Talbot received tablets in the same batch; the first packet of tablets to reach the USA. She adds that some tablets in that batch went to Chicago also. She was in Akka five days, Dec. 1901. A copy of this account is in the Br-ham papers also. Charles A. Butler to House of Spir. Huntington, IN, 20 Dec. 1905 Butler is secretary of the "City Republican Central Committee"; the letter is on their stationary. The letter is about some non-Baha'i friends of his who are going to Haifa. Mrs. Edith Hoes to House of Spir. Burlington, IA, 27 Dec. 1905 She became a believer in Wash. D.C. "about three years ago." She's an "old friend" of Mr. Butler of Huntington, IN. Do you know of any believers here in Burlington? What publications do you have? "I am starved for the Word." Mrs. Hoes to House of Spir. 28 Dec. 1905 Are there any believers in nearby towns? Sol Miller to Albert Windust 36 Ashland, Chicago, 4 Dec. 1905 He is a distributor of the Jewish Encyclopedia; would the Baha'is like to buy a set? There is no evident he is a Baha'i, though he may be a friend of Windust. Ellen V. Beecher to G. Lesch 11 Dec. 1905 Thank you for a copy of the new tablet to Ameen Fareed. Remey to Windust 21 Dec. 1905 Mrs. Br-ham was just here in Wash. D.C. Translations of some tablets are being sent in. House of Spir. circular to the Orient 12 Nov. 1905 The letter was written by T. Chase, printed in English and Persian. Windust writes on the top of the page, "Ready for sending Dec. 30, 1905." House of Spir. to Mr. Charles A. Butler 27 Dec. 1905 They send him the addresses of Baha'is in Egypt. Albert Olson to Mrs. Ort 23 Dec. 1905 He is a Baha'i who is studying at the University of North Dakota [ND]. He heard of the Faith while living in Glen Elly, IL, and studying at Ruskin College. He requests pamphlets and Mrs. Br-ham's address.


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