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||On her return from pilgrimage, May Bolles establishes the first Bahá'í group on the European continent in Paris. [AB159; BBRSM106; BFA2:151; GPB259; SBBH1:93]
- For information on those who became Bahá'ís in Paris, including Thomas Breakwell, the `first English believer', and Hippolyte Dreyfus, the `first Frenchman to embrace the Faith', see BFA2:151–2, 154–5; and GBP259.
||May Bolles; Thomas Breakwell; Hippolyte Dreyfus
|1899. 3 Dec
||Charles Mason Remey becomes a Bahá'í in Paris through May Bolles. [BFA2:151–2]
||Charles Mason Remey; May Bolles
||Thomas Breakwell, an Englishman living in the United States, learns of the Bahá'í Faith in Paris from May Bolles. Within three days he becomes a believer and immediately writes to `Abdu'l-Bahá. [AB74–5; BW7:707]
- For May Bolles' own account see SW7:707–11.
- He is the first male British Bahá'í. [BFA2:154]
- He is designated by Shoghi Effendi the `first English believer'. [GPB259]
- He is the first Western Bahá'í to pay Huqúqu'lláh. [BW7:70]
- See also AB74–80; BFA2:154; SEBW6572.
||Thomas Breakwell; May Bolles; Huququ'llah
||Hippolyte Dreyfus hears of the Bahá'í Faith from May Bolles in Paris and soon after accepts it. [AB81–2]
- He is designated by Shoghi Effendi the `first Frenchman to embrace the Faith'. [GPB259]
- He is the first European Bahá'í to visit Iran. [AB81]
- After his marriage to Laura Clifford Barney he adopts the surname Dreyfus-Barney. [AB81]
||Hippolyte Dreyfus; May Bolles; Laura Clifford Barney
|1902 8 May
||May Bolles marries Sutherland Maxwell in London and moves to Montreal. [BW8:635; GPB260]
- BFA2:156 says they married `late' in 1902.
||May Bolles; Sutherland Maxwell
|1940 1 Mar
||May Bolles Maxwell passes away in Buenos Aires. [BBD153; BW8:631 TG49]
- Shoghi Effendi awards her the honour of a ‘martyr’s death’ and a Disciple of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. [BW8:631; MA38]
- She was the first Bahá'í on European soil and the "mother" of both the French and the Canadian Bahá'í communities. [PP149]
- For the story of her life see BW17:437–8.
- Shoghi Effendi asks her husband, Sutherland Maxwell, to design her tomb, which is to be a ‘historic centre’ for ‘pioneer Bahá’í activity’. [BW8:642]
- For an account of the erection of the monument to her see PSBW83–6.
||May Bolles Maxwell; martyr; Sutherland Maxwell; Disciple of 'Abdu'l-Baha; Mother of the French Baha'i community; Mother of the Canadian Baha'i community