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|1872 31 May
||Birth of Thomas Breakwell, considered the first English Bahá'í, in Woking, Surrey, England.
In fact Ethel Rosenberg declared two years before him.
||Woking; Surrey; United Kingdom
||Thomas Breakwell; Births and deaths; Ethel Rosenberg
||On her return from pilgrimage, May Bolles established 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", and Laura Barney see BFA2:151–2, 154–5; and GBP259-260.
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Thomas Breakwell; Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney; Laura Clifford Barney
||Thomas Breakwell, an Englishman living in the United States, learned of the Bahá'í Faith in Paris from May Bolles. Within three days he became a believer and immediately wrote 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 Maxwell (Bolles); Huququllah; First Bahais by country or area; Firsts, Other
||Thomas Breakwell went on pilgrimage to `Akká, the first Englishman to do so. [BFA2:154; BW7:709]
For an account of this pilgrimage see AB77 and BW7:710.
||Thomas Breakwell; Pilgrimage; First pilgrims
|1902 13 Jun
||Thomas Breakwell died from tuberculosis in Paris. (b. 31 May, 1872 in Woking) [AB77; BBD46; SEBW70]
`Abdu'l-Bahá appeared to know this without being told. [AB78-9; SEBW70]
Shoghi Effendi designated him one of three`luminaries shedding brilliant lustre on annals of Irish, English and Scottish Bahá'í communities'. [MBW174]
See AB79, SEBW71–2 and SWAB187–9 for `Abdu'l-Bahá's eulogy.
See wikipedia for an account of his life.
See Cimetière de Pantin for the location of his resting place c/w photos.
See The Life of Thomas Breakwell by Rajwantee Lakshiman-Lepain.
||Woking; England; Paris; France
||Thomas Breakwell; In Memoriam;
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- Life of Thomas Breakwell, The, by Rajwantee Lakshiman-Lepain (1998). [about]
- Mayflowers in the Ville Lumière: The Dawning of Bahá'í History in the European Continent, by Julio Savi, in Lights of Irfan, 12 (2011). In intellectual and artistic Paris of the fin de siècle, a young American becomes the catalyst for the spiritual awakening of a group of early believers. The paper examines the mysterious ways through which they came to recognize the dawn of the new era. [about]
- Picture Gallery of Early British Bahá'ís (1998). Published in honor of the UK Baha'i Centenary, 1998/99. [about]
- Who Was Thomas Breakwell?, by Robert Weinberg, in Bahá'í Journal (UK) (1997). Brief bio of the first English Baha'i and an individual central in early European Baha'i community. [about]