The Fifth Year of the Seven Year Plan is opening under circumstances of utmost gravity in Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The fever of the times is steadily mounting, throwing into sharper relief the contrast between the rising greatness of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh and the falling fortunes of a moribund civilization. The American Bahá'í Community, rapidly pursuing the career traced by unerring finger of `Abdu'l-Bahá, can neither halt nor waver. I cannot forbear address my particular plea to focus, owing to virtual termination of Temple ornamentation, attention on teaching requirements of the Plan. I appeal to incoming National Assembly, its auxiliary Teaching Committees and subsidiary agencies to deliberate and devise means to insure prompt reinstatement of the Assemblies recently disbanded and formation of Assembly in each newly-opened State and Province of North America and continuity of the consolidation of the pioneer work initiated in every Latin Republic. Undismayed by aggravation of the fury of the world tempest threatening their shores, scornful of the agitation stirred up by their adversaries, the breakers of the Covenant, the resolute upholders of the Divine Plan will, indeed cannot but, persist in their ordained task to propagate the flame, enlarge the administrative limits, and strike deeper roots of the world-encircling world-redeeming Faith of Bahá'u'lláh.
Cablegram received April 23, 1941.