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|1904 1 Dec
||Sydney Sprague arrived in Bombay, India. [BFA2:XVI]
He was the first American Bahá'í travelling teacher in Asia. [BFA2:XVI; 258-270; facing p335]
See Reflections on the Bahá'í Writings for the story of Kaykhusraw Isfandyár who sacrificed his life by travelling from his home in Bombay to Lahore to assist Sidney Sprague when he was mortally ill with typhoid fever. He was too ill to be taken back to Bombay as planned so Kaykhusraw prayed that he, a humble shop-keeper, might be accepted as a sacrifice for the life of Sydney, an international travel teacher. His request was accepted and he became the first Eastern Bahá’í to have sacrificed his life for his Western brother. When the news of this sacrifice reached `Abdu’l-Bahá, He immortalised Kaykhusraw by conferring upon him the rank of a martyr and He revealed a Tablet to Kaykhusraw’s family.
This story is also available in Andalib magazine, year 7, no 25 and can be found in YBIB55-60.
|Mumbai (Bombay); India; Asia
||Sydney Sprague; Travel teaching; Firsts, Other
|1908 25 Apr
||Charles Mason Remey and Sydney Sprague sailed from New York for Iran and Russia. [BFA2:289]
For details of their journey see BFA2:289–95.
In Tihrán Táhirih Khánum, a Bahá'í woman with advanced ideas, hosted them at a meeting at which the women removed their veils. [BFA2:292–4]
They give Tá`irih Khánum the address of Isabella Brittingham and the two women began a correspondence. [BFA2:294]
||New York; Tihran
||Charles Mason Remey; Sydney Sprague; Tahirih Khanum; Isabella Brittingham; Women; Gender; Equality
|1943. 16 Aug
||The passing of Sydney Sprague (b. Oshkosh WI in 1875) in Los Angeles. He was buried in Inglewood Cemetery. His grave is beside that of Tom Collins, husband of Amelia Collins, and lies just across the road from the grave of Thornton Chase, "First Bahá'í of America." [BW9p633-635]
During a pilgrimage in late 1904 'Abdu'l-Bahá suggested he visit the Bahá'ís of the East. He toured India and Burma from December 1904 until the summer of 1905 becoming the first Western Bahá'í of go to the far Orient fulfilling Bahá'u'lláh's prophecy the "The East and West shall embrace as lovers". [YBIB6] iiiii
See YBIB55-60 For the story of Kai Khosroe, the Zoroastrian Bahá'í from Bombay who gave his life while nursing Sprague in Lahore when he was deathly ill with typhoid fever.
In 1908 he became a resident of Tehran, first teaching in the Bahá'í school and, when he returned the following year, he became principal.
He married a niece of 'Abdul'-Bahá and became a brother-in-law of Ameen Fareed. When Fareed was expelled from the Faith in 1914 Sprague and his wife as well as his father-in-law followed. Fareed's father was Mírzá Asadu'lláh-i-Isfahání, the emissary who had taken the remains of the Báb from Iran to the Holy Land. Sprague applied to be reinstated in 1931 (or 1937) and was finally accepted in 1941, two years before his passing. [BW9p633-635]
He made a teaching trip to South America and died soon after his return to the United States. [AB409]
He was the author of The Story of the Bahai Movement published in London in 1907 and A Year with the Bahá'ís of India and Burma in May of 1908. [YBIBxi] iiiii
- He married Farahangiz Khanum on the 20th of July, 1910, a day selected by 'Abdu'l-Bahá so that Stanwood Cobb could attend. The Bahá'í wedding was performed by 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the legal ceremony was conducted by a mullá four days later. [BN Vol 1 No 12 October 1910 p 7]
|Los Angeles; United States; India; Myanmar (Burma); Lahore; Pakistan
||Sydney Sprague; Covenant-breakers; Ameen Fareed (Amin Farid); Mirza Asadullah-i-Isfahani; Kai Khosroe; Teaching, South America; In Memoriam
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- Story of the Bahai Movement, The, by Sydney Sprague (1907). A short history and introduction to the Baha’i Faith by an early American Baha’i. [about]
- Sydney Sprague: In Memoriam, by Willard P. Hatch, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 9 (1940-1944) (1945). [about]
- Year With the Bahá'ís of India and Burma, A, by Sydney Sprague (1908). [about]