One short note about the "urgency of this particular time in history," from Ruhiyyih Khanum to Mrs. J.E. Bolles, contained in a letter from Agnes Alexander to "Lucy," June, 1953.
J.E. Bolles is probably Mrs. Jeanette Ruhanguiz Bolles, July 21, 1881 (?)-March 17, 1967. See "In Memoriam," Bahá'í National Review
May 1967, p. 6.
A letter from May Ellis Bolles is also included in the Autobiographical Materials of Agnes Alexander.
This is a "Pilgrim's note," an individual's recollection of statements and actions of the Central figures. They are subjective and not authoritative. See an overview of Pilgrim's Notes.
Quote from Ruhiyyih Khanum to Mrs. J.E. Bolles
Washington, Conn., Received June 14, 1953
"There seems to be something about the urgency of this particular time in
history that there is just no time left. And if you could have
Guardian speak to us at the Western Pilgrim House tonight (we have no
pilgrims now) you would have felt that there was not a moment to spare.
He was so surprised because 20 people from Uganda, newly opened
Negro-populated Uganda, have volunteered to go out as pioneers, and yet,
aside from the report of the conference of the number that volunteered in
Chicago he has no news, either any names from people themselves, or
committees, except Kenneth Christian! Isn't that wonderful that K.
Christian has volunteered with his family? Just after spending God knows
how many years getting established where he is. This is, if only one
example, the spirit he is waiting for. He says, we Americans will regret
the day and suffer fir it if we don't go out now when there is this call.
He says this is applicable to every one as I see this is something quite
new. We, poor humans can't see any further than the end of our noses, but
the guidance of God is for our own good, we are getting our chance, the
appeal is addressed to the conscience of each single one, with no
exceptions, take it or leave it. I think you would be stunned if you
could hear him talk, the tone has changed so much this last year and I
cannot believe it is because of the great war, or whatever it is that is
coming, is coming fast. It is a race against time now. As he says, the
friends will be far safer if they can go out to these distant virgin
fields than to stay at home in the U.S., the target. We were all quite
shaken by the way he spoke."
Dearest Lucy: Mrs. Bolles sent me this and asked me to share it.
Agnes B. Alexander