1923-03-18 To Pasadena CA Baha’is
SOTW Vol 14 #5, p156
The Beloved Children of Abdu’l-Baha, (Pasadena, CaIifornia)
Marjorie McGee, Harry McGee, Whilhelm Madsen, Anne Vollmer, Richard Alderson, William Alderson, Winston Alderson. Hope Willis Baily.
Care of Mrs. Collins.
My dearly beloved brethren and sisters in 'Abdu’l-Bahá;
Your sweet messages of love and greeting transmitted through the kindness of our beloved Baha'i sister, Mrs. Collins, have deeply touched my heart and have strengthened my hope and confidence in the great service which the Baha'i youth will render in future to the Cause of Baha'u'llah.
I have read your individual letters with the deepest interest and enclose for you all in this short answer of mine flowers planted in the close vicinity of the Holy Shrine and placed upon the Sacred Thresholds of the Bab and 'Abdu’l-Baha. And as I placed them on those hallowed spots I remembered you most tenderly, and prayed on your behalf, beseeching the Almighty to guide and protect you in your earnest endeavours to learn and to teach the Cause of God.
I very strongly urge you to devote your time to a very serious and profound study of the history of the Cause and of the various Writings of Baha’u’lIah and 'Abdu’l-Baha. The study of the Cause and its Teachings and the daily endeavour to exemplify its Spirit in our dealings with our fellow men are the most essential obligations of all Baha'is, whether young or old, who aspire to see this Divine Message spread throughout the world.
As to a name for your Club, "Baha'i Fellowship" seems to be the best reminder of the spirit that must animate continually its members in their work of service to mankind. I cherish the hope that you will all show forth in all your activities the spirit of true Bahá’i fellowship, and grow to become efficient workers in His Divine Vineyard.
Wishing you success from all my heart,
I am your devoted brother,
Haifa, Palestine March 18, 1923.