Chicago House of Spirituality notes: 1908
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Minutes of the House of Spir. 4 Jan. 1908 Mr. Woodcock of Montreal is "explaining the inner meanings of the Temple." The minutes don't elaborate. "Mrs. Foster, Miss Buikema, were recommended for service as committee for Temple General Fund." The importance of teaching the Faith and the establishment of meetings for both believers and outsiders was considered fully, and will be taken up again. Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 Jan. 1908 Mr. Johnson of Racine was present. Mrs. Russell, Miss Buikema, suggest we eliminate from the Sunday meetings all talks, and add more readings of Baha'u'llah and `Abdu'l-Baha. Minutes of the House of Spir. 18 Jan. 1908 Miss Rosenberg's mother has died. Mr. Sprague wishes to cooperate with House of Spir.; how? Mr. Remey wrote about local Temple committees. The Hamadan Young People's Society wrote also. Remey to House of Spir. 12 Jan. 1908 "At the regular meeting of the Working Committee of the Washington [Wash. D.C.] Assembly..." I briefed them of your work and proposed what we agreed on, the circular proposing local Temple committees. "This great service this letter to be followed up later by a communication suggesting the organization of a general Temple association of all Baha"i Assemblies of this country for the building of the Temple, thus giving each Assembly in the land an equal opportunity to serve in this most important matter--the Chicago House of Spirituality acting as trustees of the General Temple Associations. This proposition was accepted by all unanimously as being a service which the Washington Assembly should hasten to perform. "Under the present arrangements in Washington [Wash. D.C.] our working committee has no authority to use the name of the Assembly--it being the custom to call a special meeting of the Assembly to consider important matters." So, they are doing that. "Also we will ask that a committee be appointed and empowered to act for the Assembly in all matters." "In Washington [Wash. D.C.] we have been obligated to work very slowly towards Assembly organization. The time is now at hand for another step--as I have just outlined--and in the future we will from time to time add elements of organization as we need them. We are younger in such matters than you in Chicago, but we are growing." Baha'i Young Men's Society of Hamadan to Spiritual Assembly of Chicago received 15 Jan. 1908 Some of the youth are of Jewish, others of Muslim background. Please send us photographs of yourself. They enclose a poem by a nine year old Jewish Persian boy, and a tablet to him. Ella Quant to House of Spir. Johnstown, NY, 20 Jan. 1908 "We do not feel that it is a Temple for Chicago alone, but for every soul who breaths His Name, indeed for all peoples to come." They feel it is a "duty" to help build the Temple. W. B. Brancher to House of Spir. 5 Jan. 1908 "I have been working in the Socialist movement to some extent trying to get the workers and producers to desire better conditions and not be content to do the work of the world for so small a share in blessings which have resulted from our combined efforts. "The world cannot be saved by the letter. It must be done by the Spirit." Brancher goes on to say that all must have a job. He complains about so much taxes. He has no money, so he will pray for the Temple work. He closes the letter with "Allah U Abha." Annie Parmerton to House of Spir. Cincinnati, 5 Jan. 1908 No notes. George S. Swart to House of Spir. 6 p. Mayger, OR, 15 Jan. 1908 He's a fisherman! He had been in the merchantile business in Kansas, but the store failed. He had lots of domestic troubles too. He sends $5.00 for the Temple. Grace Nash Heaton to House of Spir. Cleveland, 18 Jan. 1908 Her husband is Hugh Heaton; she's married. Cleveland will send something to sell in the Temple bazaar. She will do all she can. T. Maxwell to G. Lesch Chicago, 19 Jan. 1908 He encloses $1.00. James B. Hope to House of Spir. 15 Jan. 1908 Who do I send a contribution for the Temple to? Who do I write about books? Who's been to Akka? Please send names. Charles Richter to House of Spir. Grand Haven MI, 13 Jan. 1908 I'll do all I can for the Temple. Mrs. W. H. Jones to House of Spir. Portland, OR, 4 Jan. 1908 "Could you send me the name and address of any believers here in Portland, I have been told there was a few here but up to the present time have not found them." She's a native of Chicago. Christ Anderson to House of Spir. South Superior, MN, 8 Jan. 1908 He is pessimistic about the Temple. He heard of the "December" meeting of the delegates from all around the USA. `Abdu'l-Baha told us to build it; so let's build it! He sends $5.00. Mrs. Aurilla Colcord Pot'e to House of Spir. New York City, 13 Jan. 1908 She'll help on the Temple project. Joseph Strauss to House of Spir. Cincinnati, 12 Jan. 1908 He is sending $1.00 for the Temple. He is changing his address in Cincinnati. Kenosha to House of Spir. 12 Jan. 1908 We are distributing the leaflets you sent us about the Temple. Henrietta Mills to House of Spir. Buffalo, NY, 1 Jan. 1908 We send "Behai" greetings and will help on the Temple. Louisa Ruddiman to House of Spir. 2 Jan. 1908 Mr. Ruddiman still wants to help. When they are in Chicago they'll bring a contribution. Send me another flyer; I sent mine to a minister in Allentown, PA. Charlotte Morton to House of Spir. West Allis, WI, 30 Dec. 1907 Milwaukee celebrated "our Lord's Supper" on Friday night. How do we start a fund? Please tell us. Remey and Jacobsen are coming up tonight. Her sister in law is dieing. Ella T. Nash, Sec. to Temple Committee Cambridge, 3 Jan. 1908 Her address is 1105 Mass Ave., Cambridge. She is corresponding secretary of the Assembly. "This Assembly [Boston] has taken action + a committee has been appointed by the Chairman Mr. Lunt. We hope to do our part..." A. M. Dahl to House of Spir. Philadelphia, 30 Dec. 1907 He writes "In Behalf of the Bahai Assembly of Philadelphia" "It [the Temple circular] has been read in our Assembly meeting" We will "heartily endorse" whatever you do for the Temple. Mrs. M. A. Angeline to House of Spir. Wash. D.C., 4 Jan. 1908 We hope to contribute to the Temple soon. Elizabeth Emmel to House of Spir. Baltimore, 7 Dec. 1907 We'll help on the Temple. Arthur James to G. Lesch Weehawken Heights, NJ, 7 Jan. 1908 Assembly meetings are in Jersey City on Sunday nights. "We are a small body composed of working people, and I fear we will not be able to render you any financial assistance." "Some of our members are sick + some out of employment and we find it an effort to meet our obligations." "We are endeavoring under the guidance of Brother Harris to spread the Cause in Jersey City, we of North Hudson joining with the J. C. friends for that purpose." Isaiah Bradford to House of Spir. Duluth, MN, 3 Jan. 1908 He's no longer in Hubbard, MN. Mrs. LaGrange to Chicago Baha'is Johnstown, NY, 29 Dec. 1907 We'll help on the Temple. Mrs. Delia Perry to the Friends of God Grand Rapids, MI, 3 Jan. 1908 I'll help on the Temple. W. A. Busselle to House of Spir. Seattle, WA, 3 Jan. 1908 I will distribute the Temple circulars. James F. Carmichael to House of Spir. Chicago, 28 Dec. 1907 I received your Temple communication. Mrs. A. M. Bryant to ? Wichita, KS, Jan. 1908 I have forwarded your Temple circulars to Denver. I have been in Wichita a while; length of time unspecified. Margaret B. Peeke to House of Spir. of Behaists Pomona, TN, 2 Jan. 1908 I will help on the Temple. I am in communication with the Sandusky Baha'is. Minutes of the House of Spir. 25 Jan. 1908 Nine replies have been received to a notice on the Faith in a New Thought magazine in Jan. 1908. Mrs. Foster, Miss Buikema, Dr. Moody asked to be a committee for the Temple and General Fund. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 Feb. 1908 Temple discussed, but no details included. Minutes of the House of Spir. 8 Feb. 1908 Woodcock has a beautiful set of Temple plans; they examined them. Dr. Ameen Ullah Fareed circular letter 9 Feb. 1908 The letter was put out by Sprague. Send mail for `Abdu'l-Baha to Port Said, not Haifa. Fareed's address on the Temple and tablets about it are included. Minutes of the House of Spir. 15 Feb. 1908 No business. Minutes of the House of Spir. 22 Feb. 1908 Wash. D.C. circular letter about publishing tablets is proposed. The House of Spir. approves [see Remey to Windust, 13 Feb. 1908]. Two men should be added to the House of Spir. Remey to T. Chase 13 Feb. 1908 Draft of Temple circular is enclosed. A second communication [about a national association?] is being prepared. We will send it to you for comment. Mr. Wilhelm heard from `Abdu'l-Baha recently; spell it Baha'o'llah, with "o" in stead of "u." The "o" is closer to the Persian pronunciation. Wash. D.C. circular Feb. 1908 It is a rough draft. It includes a short history of the Temple project. "The object of this letter is to bring to the mind of each and every Bahai in this land the necessity for united service in this work, and to exhort them to make haste to raise this standard of unity." The final, typeset draft was received by Chicago on 24 Feb. 1908. Remey to Windust 13 Feb. 1908 Why don't you ask Khan, Fareed, and Sohrab to send out notice of the collection of tablets in the archives when they mail out translations? I'll send out these circulars with our circulars. Bahai Publishing Society to Mirza Munir Zayn copy 83 Chicago, 27 Feb. 1908 The letter is signed by T. Chase and is done on his typewriter. So it is by him. Has `Abdu'l-Baha changed the spelling of Baha'u'llah? Wilhelm is in Chicago and is positive he heard `Abdu'l-Baha right. We are sure he must be wrong. Please straighten out the question. T. Chase describes the pronunciation during the Kheiralla period as BEEha- OOLlah. Minutes of the House of Spir. 29 Feb. 1908 A committee to run the Sunday meetings is considered. The meeting was held on Leap day. Remey to Windust 26 Feb. 1908 The second circular will go out soon; you'll get a rough draft first. Send me 700 copies of the circular about sending tablets to the archives. He'll send it to the European believers too. Remey mailed both circulars together. Windust to Miss Rosenberg 29 Feb. 1908 T. Chase is away in the eastern USA on a business trip for four weeks. He will publish his pilgrim's notes, as you request. Several "intimate friends" will bear the cost. [he adds several means "2 or 3"] The English Baha'is wish to publish his notes; thank you for the gesture. Windust is secretary of the Bahai Publishing Society and is writing on their behalf. Tell Mr. Sprague we'll publish his book soon. We are working on "copy" of two or three volumes of "Tablets from Abdul-Baha." Minutes of the House of Spir. 7 Mar. 1908 There is not enough money to cover the hall rent for another year. Dr. Fareed has been called to Akka. Wash. D.C. Circular letter copy 83 received 1 Apr. 1908 A draft or final version? Neatly typed. It proposes a"Bahai Temple Association" with branches throughout the country. The Chicago House of Spir. will be the legal trustee of the Temple association. The Washington Temple branch, for now, will handle correspondence. Remey Circular letter Mar. 1908 "Nayrooz Greeting" letter and card from Remey. A Persian booklet is also included; a tablet? Minutes of the House of Spir. 14 Mar. 1908 Circular letter about tablets from `Abdu'l-Baha was read and approved. Circular of the House of Spir. 21 Mar. 1908 It is about sending in one's tablets for the archives and went out with Wash. D.C.'s circular about Temple organization. By the spring of 1907 the House of Spir. had 500 tablets in its vault. Books of tablets are being prepared, so send in your tablets soon, or they will miss publication in the books! Aurelia Bethlen to House of Spir. New York City, Mar. 1908 The letter is actually undated, but can be dated by its context in the House of Spir. records. I'm glad you received my tablets. We read some beautiful tablets at Feast at Brother Kinney's on last Monday in [New York City]. Bethlen wants a copy of the Aqdas, so she can read and obey the laws. House of Spir. to Aurelia Bethlen 16 Mar. 1908 We received your letter a few days ago. The Aqdas is not available in good English, and will not be published until `Abdu'l- Baha says so. Orr to Mrs. True copy 83 14 Mar. 1908 He is a real estate broker and proposes a site at the corner of Sheridan and Linden for the Temple. There is a drainage canal on one side, and Greenleaf Ave. Minutes of the House of Spir. 21 Mar. 1908 A site at the corner of Ridge and Linden is considered. Sprague offered to help promote the Temple while traveling in the East (Iran?). The House of Spir. does not accept his offer. Minutes of the House of Spir. 28 Mar. 1908 Mrs. True at the meeting, and Dr. MOody. The option to buy the Temple site is $1000.00; or $1500.00 for an additional six months. Right now there is a falling land market, so we will buy a small piece and get more later, when land is cheaper. Harlan Ober to Mrs. Agnew 20 Mar. 1908 Ober is secretary of Boston's Temple Committee. Mrs. Agnew sent out a circular about the bazaar the women are holding to raise money for the Temple. Boston has collected articles for it and will send them. The Temple Committee voted to do so at its meeting of 4 Mar. 1908. "In the Boston Assembly a Temple Committee has been appointed and all matters pertaining to the Temple will be referred to it." The letter is on "Crowley and Lunt" stationary. They are listed as "Publishers." Ober must work for them. [Roger Dahl says the company belonged to Clarence Lunt, not Alfred.] Remey to Windust 21 Mar. 1908 Remey is replying to Windust's letter of 14 Mar. We [the Wash. D.C. Working Committee] will send out the Wash. D.C. (temple) and Chicago (tablets) circulars next week. He raises a few details. Contributions must go to C. Scheffler directly. And the circular letter should say the consultation was with the Chicago House of Spir., not just with some Chicago Baha'is. "P.S. Miss Barney's book is out and copies maybe obtained from Miss Gain [?]... [New York City]... Price $1=" Remey to Windust 22 Mar. 1908 A message from `Abdu'l-Baha has arrived through Mrs. Goodall, who is back from pilgrimage; and he sends a mailing list. The message may be the one he describes in the next letter. Remey to Windust 23 Mar. 1908 Why not have people but "one foot" of the Temple? A good campaign slogan for raising money. Remey will design a certificate to give to those who contribute. "I have received a tablet permitting me to travel in Persia and Russia during the upcoming summer." But don't tell anyone yet, because my plans may change. Remey to Windust 27 Mar. 1908 A reply to Windust's letter of 24 Mar. Remey will draft a certificate. Will the House of Spir. approve of it? Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 Apr. 1908 The incorporation papers of the Chicago Assembly may be defective. The House of Spir. will take out the land in C. Scheffler's name for now. They have received a post card from Fareed who is en route to Haifa. Remey to Windust 30 Mar. 1908 Wash. D.C. is planning the rough draft of a third Temple circular. Draft of the sketch is enclosed. We must mail it as soon as possible. Remey to Windust 3 Apr. 1908 I understand you have bought a site. So lets encourage people to buy stones instead of feet. B. Jacobsen to House of Spir. (to A. Agnew?) Kenosha, 4 Apr. 1908 Tell Remey that 19 cents per share (foot) is too small; children give that much! And tell him his next circular letter on the Temple should mention the purchase of the land. If he leaves for overseas, he should make sure someone else is carrying on the work he started. Kenosha had a unity feast on Sunday; it was very good. Remey to Windust 8 Apr. 1908 A reply to Windust's letter of 2 Apr. 1908. Remey is sailing for Europe at the end of April. He will represent George Washington University at a Congress in May in Vienna. Then he will go to Russia and maybe to Persia. He will be happy to serve the Chicago friends while he is in the Orient. Jacobsen to Windust 8 Apr. 1908 A post card. I wrote to Remey. Minutes of the Chicago Baha'i Assembly Meeting Sun. 12 Apr. 1908 Meeting held in the Corinthian Hall of the Masonic Temple in Chicago. The Chicago Assembly agrees that the land should be in C. Scheffler's name until the incorporation papers are perfected. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 18 Apr. 1908 Mrs. True is present, and Dr. Moody. There will be a picnic on the Temple site on 23 May. They want to plan a national convention for this summer in Chicago. The railroad rates will be lower because of the Republican Convention here. Mr. Keller will be added to the House of Spir. Miss Masson suggested that no comments be made on the utterances of `Abdu'l- Baha at the Sunday services. Remey to Windust 12 Apr. 1908 Wash. D.C. has appointed a Temple Branch Committee. We will serve the House of Spir. in any way you would like. Temple branches are being formed. We will send out a list of them, once a few more are official. J. H. Hannan [sic] will handle the correspondence here. Mr. Elwin Moore and Mrs. W. P. Allen [Wallesca Pollock Allen] will assist. Sprague will go to the Orient with me. I doubt I will visit the Holy Land. I will sail for Europe on 25 April 1908 [p. 5]. I want to help the House of Spir. while in Europe, Russia, and Persia. Remey to Windust Ridvan, 1908 Hannen will continue the correspondence on the Temple. Good bye once again. Ober to Remey copy 83 received 21 Apr. 1908 Calcutta, 19 Mar. 1907 Filed under the date of reception. Ober and Harris leave for Rangoon tomorrow; we will arrive there on 24 Mar. We have spent a month in northern India, in Lahore and Gujranwala. Harris lectured. The Indians are becoming educated and are giving up religion. The Faith is needed. In Baha'i meetings all join together in equality. Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 May 1908 A letter from Edward Gets. has been received about Baha'i organization. The meeting time of the House of Spir. has been changed from Saturday evening to Tuesday evening [there was no meeting on Tues. 12 May 1908]. Edward Getsinger to Windust? (House of Spir.) copy 83 15 Apr. 1908 Gets. spoke of the Temple to the New York City Baha'is on Sunday. Disagreement between Gets. and MacNutt. New York wants to build a Temple and have written `Abdu'l-Baha. The Dodge faction versus--who? MacNutt and Hoar? Gets. calls them "The big three" The Dodge faction will resign if non-New Yorkers won't be on the Board. Gets. sent his letter on Laboratory Medical Food Co., Inc... Wash. D.C." stationary. Tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha to ? copy 83 7 Feb. 1908 `Abdu'l-Baha says the Baha'is should build one Temple in the USA, or none will get built. Getsinger to House of Spir. copy 83 27 Apr. 1908 Gets. proposes an elaborate system of organization, patterned after the American federal system, basically. He sent it to `Abdu'l-Baha for approval. A 3 p. letter with an 11 p. proposal. Minutes of the House of Spir. 19 May 1908 Tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha to New York about the Temple was read. Various letters were read. Getsinger to G. Lesch 6 May 1908 Today I mailed the letter I showed you about organization to `Abdu'l-Baha. Another letter was sent about my meeting with you. Remey and Woodward are both architects, but "Neither... had as yet put up a building." Sohrab has received a tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha telling them not to build a Temple. It says they can rent a building in New York, though. Wash. D.C. Working Committee (J. H. Hannen) to Windust 16 May 1908 `Abdu'l-Baha told us to print certain tablets. Could you do it? Is it cheaper? Hannen to Windust 16 May 1908 He's chairman of the Wash. D.C. Working Committee. Are further revisions of Temple circular no. 3 necessary? The House of Spir. had reviewed it. Temple Committees now exist in: Seattle, Clarkson (WA), Ithaca, Philadelphia, Sandusky, Cincinnati, Fruitport (MI), Kenosha, Racine, Johnstown (NY), Morgan Park (IL), and Wash. D.C. G. Lesch (House of Spir.) to Hannen (Working Committee) Chicago, 27 May 1908 We have approved the draft of Temple circular no. 3 and are printing it. We will mail it to you for distribution. Chicago Temple Committee, C. True, Chairman, Circular Letter received 18 May 1908 Chicago, Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee will hold a picnic on the Temple grounds on Sat. 23 May 1908. T. Chase to Windust 3 p. Victoria, BC, 22 May 1908 The letter is handwritten from Canada. I'm glad to hear the land for the Temple has been bought. We can't buy the entire $34,000.00 plot now, but can buy more street frontage. T. Chase came to Victoria, BC, from San Fran. by boat. Tomorrow will go to Seattle; then Portland, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, then Chicago. He gives addresses. Goodall and Cooper will send in their tablets. We had a beautiful meeting in Oakland and another in San Fran. T. Chase lauds `Abdu'l-Baha. Remey's brother lives in Los Ang. and is interested in the Faith. Mirza Munir Zayn to T. Chase written 28 Mar. 1908 received 24 May 1908 Copy of the letter is in T. Chase papers and House of Spir. records. `Abdu'l-Baha is in great danger; a commission has come to Akka. `Abdu'l-Baha has never been so calm, though. All pilgrims have been send home. `Abdu'l-Baha says to spell Baha'o'llah with a small "o." Tell Remey and Wilhelm as soon as possible. Send us news about the Temple. Minutes of the House of Spir. 2 June 1908 A place to teach people the Faith--especially men--is necessary. "The remainder of evening was devoted to welfare of Cause." Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 June 1908 Sprague, Wolson [sic] are present as guests. Sprague has offered to compile a list of all believers in the USA. We will furnish him "various lists." We won't solicit funds to cover the cost of copying tablets. Minutes of the House of Spir. 16 June 1908 Minutes of the New York Board of Counsel were sent. A letter from the Isfahan Spiritual Assembly has arrived. They discuss inaugurating a general teaching class. Joseph Hannen to the Beloved of God in Chicago 21 May 1908 The letter is to be read at the picnic on the Temple grounds on 23 May. Wash. D.C. is with you all in spirit. The letter is 6 p. long; its a flowery essay with no news. Henry F. Armstrong to Mr. A. Agnew copy 83 Montreal, 19 May 1908 $60.00 is on the way. "the Bahai Assembly of Montreal [Canada] has constituted itself the Montreal Branch of the Bahai Temple Association." Sixteen names signed the letter. Mrs. C. L. Lincoln to Mr. Windust received 20 May 1908 She writes from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. "a Temple Committee has been appointed here in New York." We hope to send out circulars soon everywhere about the Temple. Esphahan Bahais to Spiritual Meeting of Chicago received June 1908 We are safe here. Ali Akbar has arrived here. They include the translation of a tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha, a prayer from Baha'u'llah, and a photo of a tablet by Baha'u'llah. Extract of Minutes of the New York Board of Counsel copy 83 17 Mar. 1908 A Baha'i Temple Committee has been established in New York. It will have 95 charter members; it will be self-perpetuating; and will elect its own President, secretary, and treasurer. Thirteen have pledged $95.00 each. But none of the money is on the way because the committee, originally, must have been appointed to establish a New York Temple. No money was actually collected. New York sent Mr. Harris to India last year, so we can't do much for the Temple. What are your plans? We don't know them. Consult with us. Minutes of the House of Spir. 23 June 1908 Sprague is a guest at the meeting again. Incorporation of the Assembly is still shaky; we will consult an attorney. A letter about music in the Temple will be deferred. We will establish a central meeting for teaching. New York Temple Committee Announcement copy 83 June 1908 No notes. Many American Baha'is to `Abdu'l-Baha copy 83 n.d. (June 1908) Can only children sing in the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar? Can we have an organ? We need to plan the building. There are signatures from Racine (9), Kenosha (34), Chicago and Fruitport (29), and Bellingham, WA (1). Minutes of the House of Spir. 30 June 1908 G. Lesch has asked an attorney about the incorporation. Must talk to Mr. Young too. Mr. Woodworth will be the assistant treasurer; C. Scheffler is away for the summer. Sprague has compiled a list of believers. Minutes of the House of Spir. 7 July 1908 The Bahai Publishing Society of Rangoon, Burma, has written the Chicago Bahai Publishing Society. "Syed Mustifa Roemi" is the secretary of the Rangoon Society. The letter, though, is not extant. C. E. Sprague has met with some of the inactive Baha'is and found out why they are inactive; he will report to us. Miss Masson wrote about the Faith in the Review of Reviews. Pauline Hannen to Corinne True n.d. (June/July 1908) How many Baha'i children do you have in your school? (Wash. D.C. has children's classes). What songs do they sing? 3-10 children attend our Sunday school; Mrs. Allen holds it. Its for 5-14 year olds. In Greenfield, Mass, Mrs. May Crozier is teaching the Faith. She is upper class white. She taught Mr. Walter P. Moore, a black minister there. He wrote to `Abdu'l- Baha. Mrs. Hannen visited Mrs. May Crozier and met Mr. Moore. Greenfield has five or six believers now. There are fifteen Baha'is in Wash. D.C., teaching hard. The Hannens and Lua Gets. address them. C. True to Windust n.d. (end of June 1908) "It is about time some one arose in Chicago to take the Glad Tidings into our colored belt. What a good work Washington [Wash. D.C.] is doing to have 15 colored believers. Of course God will send some servant to our Chicago colored people but how much better for us if one of our members could obtain that spiritual favor instead of one from the outside having to be sent." [The letter is actually addressed "My dear Brother in El Baha" but the envelope, attached, is to Albert Windust--4 June 1986] Wm S. Young to G. Lesch (House of Spir.) copy 83 3 July 1908 He encloses the bylaws of the Assembly. They should be adopted at some Sunday meeting with ten day's notice to the community. These papers are fully legal. The bylaws (copied) are a bit like the modern ones, though are more like a standard nonprofit corporation. Mrs. James Carmichael to House of Spir. copy 83 19 July 1908 It takes half a day to get to the Temple. No one will go there. `Abdu'l-Baha says to build it in Chicago; you aren't. And it isn't really on the lake either! Minutes of the House of Spir. 14 July 1908 "Brother Agnew made report of the work being done in Kansas City by Mrs. Mary Hanford Ford." A description of the Temple site has been drafted by Mrs. True and is corrected and approved. It will go out with the third Wash. D.C. circular. A letter from Hutchinson to the Bahai Publishing Society was read. Minutes of the House of Spir. 21 July 1908 No business done. Minutes of the House of Spir. 28 July 1908 Mr. Sprague again is present as a guest. There will be a Sunday morning meeting at the Corinthian Hall about the Temple. Sprague Circular letter 21 July 1908 We are compiling a list of all believers. We are sending you a copy of those in your town; please correct it and return it. Give it to isolated believers and those who have moved too. The letter was mailed for the House of Spir. Sprague Circular letter received 5 Aug. 1908 The latest tablet about the Temple is enclosed. Come to the meetings, Sunday mornings at Corinthian Hall in the Masonic Temple. C. E. Sprague, 3502 Lake Ave., Chicago. Minutes of the House of Spir. 4 Aug. 1908 Brother Currier visited Baha'is in Bangor, MI. T. Chase wrote a letter to suggest they send a letter about the Temple fund to big cities. Kenosha Board of Consultation Circular letter copy 83 25 July 1908 Please start correspondence with us. A little news, but the letter is mostly biblical allusions. "A School of Industry has been organized that the children may learn some useful work, in accordance with instructions contained in the Kitab-el-Akdas." Children's classes "is under way." When pilgrims came up from Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lane came from Bangor, MI also. Brother Wilcott decorated the Hall; he "is a gardener, and natural palms, ferns and other decorative plants were used." Spiritual Assembly of Esphahan to ? received 1 Aug. 1908 Hello. C. True to A. Dodge Fruitport, MI, 28 July 1908 Dodge is chairman of the New York Temple committee. Mr. Woodcock received a tablet about the Temple (the one mentioned in the Sprague circular?). We have $1000.00 in the fund after buying the land. $3000.00 has come in since True, Agnew, Chase, Scheffler went on pilgrimage. She says we must begin building the Temple at once. `Abdu'l-Baha "was greatly rejoiced" that the land for the Temple had been bought. Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 Aug. 1908 We will write to `Abdu'l-Baha reporting our progress; Windust will draft it. Hannen writes from Wash. D.C.; how can we help you? Hannen to Windust 8 Aug. 1908 Can we send out Temple circular no. 3? What happened to it? Remey wrote to Hannen on 9 July from Ishqabad; it was received this week. He and Sprague were met at the train station by over 300 Baha'is! The book of tablets that `Abdu'l-Baha asked Wash. D.C. to put out is at the printers. We are ready to serve you. House of Spir. circular letter 12 Aug. 1908 Another letter about the Temple from `Abdu'l-Baha. Maritz Schmidt to House of Spir. Chicago, 8 Aug. 1908 A depression is a bad time to build a Temple. A building with no practical use "is useless." The Baha'i Faith is just words, not actions. How are you different. You don't practice what you preach. I don't come to Sunday meetings because of this. The meetings are no different from a church service. "this Religion in reality is dead in Chicago" You embrace the rich but not the poor. "You will say I am a poor Bahaist or not a Bahaist at all" Sometimes your Sunday talks are very poor. [Possibly this letter was triggered by Sprague's effort to visit inactive believers.] He writes "Bahaula" and "Abdul Baha." The teachings are simple, but don't add to them; "And this is one of the most important causes that Bahaist members in Chicago number practicly [sic] less in Chicago today than years ago, or if there are not less there is no material growth noteworthy as long as I can see, and as a body and unity I have failed to see anything compared with the time in existent [sic]. And I believe something seriously is wrong somewhere." Mrs. Mattie A. Watson to House of Spir. 8 Aug. 1908 3150 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago [?]. She sends $6.00 toward the Temple and $5.00 toward the hall rent. She doesn't like where the Temple is being build, though. Thank you for the tablets. illegible to House of Spir. Chicago, 9 Aug. 1908 Enclosed is $5.00; how do I donate? Oscar S. Hinckley to House of Spir. San Diego, Cal., 3 Aug. 1908 Thank you for the tablets and the letter (the Sprague circular). He is the only Baha'i in San Diego. He is renting an unfurnished hotel room for $2.00 per month. His health is much better in the San Diego climate. House of Spir. (Windust) to `Abdu'l-Baha 12 Aug. 1908 A draft. Wash. D.C. is about to send out its third Temple circular. It will include your latest tablet. Minutes of the House of Spir. 17 Aug. 1908 Minor business only. Minutes of the House of Spir. 25 Aug. 1908 Sprague present as a guest. We will meet with Mrs. True about the Temple. Hannen to Windust 14 Aug. 1908 The third Temple circular with maps of the Temple site will be mailed next week. The Working Committee is doing it. We have updated the Wash. D.C. membership list as you request. He has added some addresses. He lists the members of the "Colored Branch" also. Corinne True to House of Spir. copy 83 Fruitport, MI, 18 Aug. 1908 I just got two more tablets from `Abdu'l-Baha about the Temple. `Abdu'l-Baha says to form a national association, permanent, from all the Assemblies, to build the Temple. I will be in Chicago tomorrow for a day or two. Will return on 1 Sept. Corinne True to House of Spir. Fruitport, MI, 24 Aug. 1908 She has had 500 copies of the tablets printed; they will be mailed. Wouldn't it be great if `Abdu'l-Baha came to lay the corner stone? Frank J. Phelps to Windust Wash. D.C., 19 Aug. 1908 The letter is a cover the following letter. Ali Kuli Khan to Chicago Hossein Khan and Hassan Ali Khan, sons of the Kalantar of Tabriz, are coming to the USA. `Abdu'l-Baha has sent me a tablet of permission. They became Baha'is in Beirut while students there. They are at the Easton Academy in Easton, PA. Visit them, if possible. Wash. D.C. Circular letter part copied 83 19 Aug. 1908 The third Temple circular. It describes the site; a map and description of the land is attached. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 Sept. 1908 Sohrab wrote a book about the growth of the Faith, given to T. Chase to give to the House of Spir. We will write the Temple committees to find out the best time for them to hold a convention and form the Association proposed by `Abdu'l-Baha. Hannen [?] to Windust 24 Aug. 1908 `Abdu'l-Baha is free to come and go as He pleases. "We are greatly rejoiced." B. Jacobsen to House of Spir. 28 Aug. 1909 [1908?] We have $200.00 for the Temple. $40.00 is from the children. Great sacrifice is being made. Jacobsen has been to Racine and Milwaukee several times; they're doing all they can. Kenosha is buying a community piano. New York is asking for subscriptions for a magazine. They didn't consult our Board about it; did they consult yours? I will be down in Chicago over Labor Day and will visit then. Edwin W. Woodcock to "All True Bahais" Pasadena, Cal., 17 Aug. 1908 He is a businessman. `Abdu'l-Baha told him to write up his pilgrimage account. There was an article about it in the 14 June 1908 Sunday Los Ang. Times magazine. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Fay Mills are interested in the Faith as a result. They plan to start a "Fellowship Magazine" on the "Bahai Revelation." Woodcock will write a series of articles for it; the Sept. issue will be the first. Sample copies will be distributed. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 15 Sept. 1908 Mrs. True's tablets about the Temple are discussed. A convention will be called; a circular is drafted to be sent all over the USA. Ameen Fareed to Dr. Moody and Mrs. Russell received 27 Aug. 1908 written 31 July 1908 The Sultan has given everyone in Akka freedom; it is a proclamation. Buikema sent out 36 copies of this letter to all over the USA. Hannen to Windust 12 Sept. 1908 Muskegon, MI, has formed a Temple branch. "They have only about ten" Baha'is [I checked the quotation on 4 June 1908, and it is exact]. Remey should be back by the end of the month. Hannen to Mrs. Dora A. Dunbar n.d. (Sept. 1908) Mrs. Dunbar lives in Seattle, WA. `Abdu'l-Baha is free! A letter listing all the Temple committees will be sent. Chicago to "the Beloved Friends in America" copy 83 n.d. (Sept. 1908) `Abdu'l-Baha approves of a national association. All communities are asked to appoint a Temple committee of one or more persons. These committees will keep everyone in touch with the Faith, as well as the Temple. There will be a Temple convention as soon as possible. Send contributions to the Temple to C. Scheffler. Tablets about the Temple are appended. The letter is typed on T. Chase's typewriter. Printed form copied. Remey to House of Spir. Tehran, 3 Aug. 1908 No writing; just a post card. Remey to House of Spir. Akka, 28 and 31 Aug. 1908 Another post card. Minutes of the House of Spir. 27 Sept. 1908 T. Chase read the circular letter about the Temple Association; it was approved. Remey writes that a Baha'i hospital is to be started in Tehran. An American woman doctor is needed. Two Persian Baha'i doctors are starting it. A nurse is needed too. Mr. A. Agnew will ask Dr. Moody; maybe she could go. `Abdu'l-Baha's daughter hints He could come to America. Remey to House of Spir. betw. Port Said and Marseilles, 5 Sept. 1908 The change in Akka is great. "When I was there in June all was in the greatest trouble..." He was there nine days. Things began to improve a little then. Then the big change; its "hard to realize." The letter is all about Turkey and the Turks. Remey was in Istanbul before and after the Constitution; he couldn't believe the changes. I can't tell you all about my trip now; the story is too long. p. 11-- a Baha'i hospital will be started in Tehran. `Abdu'l-Baha has approved an American Baha'i woman going to Iran. Two women should go; a nurse too, a skilled midwife is badly needed. It only costs $200 to travel from New York to Tehran. p. 13--A Baha'i school is needed in Tehran too. `Abdu'l-Baha says an American Baha'i school there would be good. An American-Persian Alliance could support the school. It would be useful. The name Baha'i couldn't be in the title for now. A tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha to the world has been revealed; He commanded it to be published in Persian and English. Maybe Dr. Moody could go to Iran; the House of Spir. should ask her though, not me. `Abdu'l-Baha says to teach the Mormons. Hooper Harris Circular letter copy 83 New York, Sept. 1908 The Bahai Bulletin and The Day will come out. The first is for Baha'is; Harris and Barakatullah are the editors. The Day is a business enterprise; it won't be Baha'i but will "breathe the Bahai spirit." The first issue will be out in October. Chicago Examiner 27 Sept. 1908 Article on the Temple. It says the Baha'is will give up their homes, live on the site, and build the Temple with their own hands! "Bahaists." photo of Mrs. Roe. "Bahaist Faith" "Bahaist cult." Minutes of the House of Spir. 29 Sept. 1908 We will not yet get an option on the rest of the Temple land. They have received a tablet for Wilhelmina S. Bain of New Zealand! Dr. Moody is willing to go to Persia. She's found a nurse to accompany her also. We'll write about the doctors. Windust will draft a letter to `Abdu'l-Baha; is He planning to come to USA? Minutes of the House of Spir. 6 Oct. 1908 Letter from Hutchinson in New York about the Temple. Temple business. Minutes of the House of Spir. 13 Oct. 1908 The nineteen day feasts will be at Mrs. Foster's for "a certain period." The House of Spir. has received a letter from Mrs. True with tablets. They won't send them out yet. C. True to House of Spir. 12 Oct. 1908 She received a tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha today. Apparently the women placed nine stones on the Temple land, poured attar of rose and olive oil on them. `Abdu'l-Baha wrote about it. The House of Spir. decided not to circulate the tablet. (This information is added by Windust to the bottom of the letter.) Remey to Windust Wash. D.C., 3 Oct. 1908 He has been in Wash. D.C. three days. Remey will come to Chicago before the end of the winter. The Wash. D.C. Temple fund has $60.00. Wash. D.C. will publish the Persian half of `Abdu'l-Baha's message to the world; can the Bahai Publishing Society publish the English half? (later Remey wrote a post card to say Wash. D.C. would handle the English too.) Remey visited the Persian ambassador to Turkey, on `Abdu'l-Baha's orders. Remey to Windust 10 Oct. 1908 A photo of the Chicago "brothers" arrived. Remey will write down a description of the Ishqabad Temple. If it were to be built in the USA, it would cost at least $150,000.00. "However we will probably be obliged to be content with a smaller affair." Have we options on the rest of the Temple land? M. S. M. Taqi Manshadi to Windust 17 Sept. 1908 I sent your letter to `Abdu'l-Baha today. Minutes of the House of Spir. 20 Oct. 1908 The financial books will be audited; C. Scheffler has them ready. Mrs. Dealy is coming to Chicago; we should put her up. Minutes of the House of Spir. 27 Oct. 1908 Mrs. Dealy's visit is arranged. Comments by a Christian missionary on the Babi and Baha'i Revelation were read and discussed. Remey to House of Spir. 12 Oct. 1908 There are typed and hand written versions. His description of the Ishqabad Temple is five pages long. Remey to Windust 15 Oct. 1908 I'd like to make an estimate of the costs of the Temple. Describe the conditions to me; the size of the land, etc. Joseph Hannen to Windust 15 Oct. 1908 Mrs. Knobloch has died; this delayed my response. The Wash. D.C. Working Committee approves of your circular. We will be happy to mail it. Hannen to Windust 17 Oct. 1908 Wash. D.C. has $100.00 for the Temple. Mrs. Aseyeh Allen held an entertainment and $40.00 was raised. Remey to Windust n.d. Maybe the Persia ambassador's poem can be published in the Bahai Bulletin. Publications of the Bahai Revelation The Catalog of the Bahai Publishing Society. Minutes of the House of Spir. 3 Nov. 1908 Miss Knobloch of Stuttgart, Germany, writes to Dr. Moody about the Faith in Germany. Letters from Remey, Hamadan, and James Oakshette were read. Minutes of the House of Spir. 10 Nov. 1908 Mary Rabb of Portland, OR writes. Woodcock, Ober, Lunt are visiting; they talk with House of Spir. {?} about the Temple. "Bahaians of Chicago" Circular Percy Woodcock is in town; he is meeting with the people; the meetings are listed. Minutes of the Joint Meeting of the House of Spir. and the Ways and Means Committee of the Chicago Assembly 17 Nov. 1908 All the members of the Ways and Means Committee are women, but no Women's Assembly seems to exist. The House of Spir. has sent another letter to New York City; no reply. Its about the Temple. They have received eight replies to their circular letter about the Temple. One of the letters was from James Oakshette of Toronto, Ontario, Canada [his first name was not given here]. All agree that the next step is a national convention. The Young People's Society of Bahais is discussed. The minutes reflect no differences between the men and the women. Minutes of the House of Spir. 24 Nov. 1908 Mrs. True's letter to New York City about the Temple is approved. A, N. Dahl is now in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Fuller will b presented to the Assembly for membership on the House of Spir. next Sunday. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 Dec. 1908 Mrs. R. B. Webber of New Bing, OR, writes. Letter of Edward Gets. with tablet from `Abdu'l-Baha about organization is included. A. Agnew will write to the Bahai Bulletin about the Temple. House of Spir. (T. Chase) to New York Board of Consultation copy 83 Chicago, 25 Nov. 1908 The House of Spir. is seen as the "backbone" of the Chicago Assembly. A clique resents the fact, though. If any communications come from Chicago without the signature of the House of Spir., they aren't from us. The Temple land was bought because of the pressure of a few. When would you prefer the convention? Is Christmas/New Year's too soon for you? Or Ayyam-i-Ha? Or Ridvan? We want men to come, not women. We have $2500.00 on hand, and $300.00 cash. The Temple can't be too small; a movable iron room was suggested the other day! At least a foundation can b built soon. $35,000.00 will be needed just to buy the land. Some one said `Abdu'l-Baha said the site for the Temple cannot be changed. But who said it? Is it reliable? We must all work together. Minutes of the House of Spir. 8 Dec. 1908 Mr. Fuller was ratified by the Assembly as a member of the House of Spir. A. Agnew's statement about the Temple for the Bahai Bulletin is approved. Minutes of the House of Spir. 15 Dec. 1908 Ober writes about New York City conditions. Getsinger's letter about organization was read and discussed. General discussion. Harlan Ober to T. Chase (House of Spir.) copy 83 New York City, 27 Nov. 1908 The letter is in reply to T. Chase's letter of 25 Nov. 1908 (see T. Chase papers). Miss Boylan says `Abdu'l-Baha was emphatic; the present Temple site must be used. New York had Feast last night at the Kinney's; "nearly a hundred believers" were present. After, Ober spoke to the Kinneys, Barakatullah, and Enayatullah about the Temple. There was criticism of the House of Spir. and of the New York Board of Counsel for moving too slowly. We must move as fast as possible; `Abdu'l-Baha says so. Outside Chicago, no one cares the site is far from downtown. Ober went to a meeting at Miss Thompson's; Hoar read a tablet, a new one. She was nervous when Mr. Hoar began to speak of Mr. Harris; she feared a dispute. "Mr. W'--who is he? Ober criticizes him. He is a teacher who many like in New York City. Woodcock! Two weeks later Ober adds more to the letter. Mrs. Lua Gets. visited New York City on her way to Akka. There have been Temple meetings here. Woodcock criticizes the House of Spir. for inaction. Mrs. True wrote him about it. Some said a letter should be written to the House of Spir. to bring their laxity to their attention. Mr. Hutchinson stood up and said no evidence for laxity exists. Many are followers of Woodcock but don't believe in his ideas. At least Mrs. True has orthodox beliefs. The men in New York have been right for years, but they haven't been loving, so there has been no result (about p. 9). Edward Gets. was told by `Abdu'l-Baha he should have left the Kheiralla matter alone! We should not imagine that we are defending the Cause. This is a Spanish Inquisition attitude. The Faith sometimes is an insane asylum. The New York Board of Counsel met last night. Apparently Ober attended. MacNutt will represent New York at the convention. There will be no community meeting to decide representation; many are unhappy about this. Some feel the Board has assumed too much power. Edward Gets. to G. Lesch 10 Dec. 1908 He lives in Wash. D.C. but is writing from New York. He has been unanimously chosen Wash. D.C.'s delegate for the Temple convention. Things are going well in Wash. D.C. right now. Oscar Hinckley to House of Spir. copy 83 San Diego, 8 Dec. 1908 He spends most of his time reading tablets and studying. Thank you for the letter. "We cannot be thankful enough that we live in this glorious age and can know of this Bahai truth and accept as our very own and to practice and live it every day of our lives..." He speaks about the next world. Remey to House of Spir. copy 83 3 p. 18 Dec. 1908 He describes in detail a modest Temple design, made of brick. Mirza Munir Zayn to House of Spir. 30 Oct. 1908 Parsee Baha'is from India arrived on pilgrimage the other day. Chicago is so fortunate to be building the first Temple in the West. Five Temple annexes should eventually be added. There are tablets to Emma (?) [Aurelia] Bethlen about the Temple dependencies. Hooper Harris, Chairman of the New York Board to House of Spir. New York, 12 Dec. 1908 Harris writes from 68 William St. New York. MacNutt has been appointed as New York's delegate to the Temple convention. Should we appoint one delegate or more? "each Spiritual Meeting"--does that mean all of New York, or Mr. Dodge's, Miss Thompson's, and Mr. Kinney's "spiritual meetings"? Should the delegates been elected or appointed? An arbitrary decision by the Board could cause division. Do you think we should elect a delegate or appoint him? We are consulted with the House of Spir. on the matter. We'll listen to your advice. The seven members of the Board at its last meeting voted as follows: Hoar, Curmack, and Hutchinson voted yes for MacNutt. MacNutt and Hale "of course" were silent. Harris--as chairman--could not vote. Osborne voted no. Minutes of the House of Spir. 22 Dec. 1908 Mr. Hall is visiting. He was briefed about the Temple. Mrs. True asks that we set up a Chicago Temple committee for the Temple work. We will do this at Mrs. Russell's home on 3 Jan. 1909, Sunday morning. There will be printed notices. C. True to House of Spir. Dec. 1908 There was a Temple meeting held at Mrs. Russell's and Dr. Moody's on 16 Dec. 1908. A Temple Meeting should be called to establish a Temple Branch committee for Chicago. It would handle the convention. Mr. Sprague helped out. Annie T. Boylan to C. True New York City, 21 Nov. 1908 It is enclosed with the Dec. 1908 letter. She was with `Abdu'l-Baha for eleven days. He said "The right place has been selected," and "The people must keep the fist site..." Ida Finch to C. True copy 83 Akka, 10 Nov. 1908 She lists the Temple dependencies. T. Chase to House of Spir. copy 83 Detroit, 15 Dec. 1908 T. Chase encloses a letter from New York Board of Counsel (the one from Harris, I think). The convention should be as large as possible; and representative. As many New York Baha'is should come as possible; all of the Board of Counsel if possible. "Lobbying" must be discouraged. T. Chase says the meaning of the word "meeting" in the tablets is specialized. The "round robin" technique adopted by the House of Spir. is a very good one, T. Chase believes. New York doesn't do it. Unanimity always results by the second time around. Consultation is the key. We must set the time for the Temple convention and get the notices out. Let's plan on holding it before the Fast. Maybe MacNutt and all of New York [the "whole party"] could come. Unity. Consultation. New York Board of Counsel to T. Chase and House of Spir. 12 Dec. 1908 A copy exists in the T. Chase papers; this is a cross reference.


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