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In , 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, traveled from coast to coast across America after a lifetime of imprisonment and persecution.
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He had hopped an early cutter at the ship news office in the Battery on this sparkling morning — April 11, — so he could get to the quarantine station on Staten Island before the Cedric passed the Narrows about 8 a. But typhoid fever and smallpox in the steerage had delayed the ship for three-and-a-half hours, while health inspectors offloaded third-class passengers to the hospital on Hoffman Island and fumigated the ship.

The great skyscrapers — some of them more than twenty storeys high — had been reduced to a shadow rising half an inch above the northern horizon. He scrambled aboard, made his way through the passengers milling on deck, and set off to find his subject. He wore a long black cloak covering a robe of light tan: His iron-grey head, capped with a white turban, was thrown back atop his shoulders like the rising steam.

To one side stood a short Persian man wearing intense dark eyes, a thick handlebar moustache and a black fez, waiting for him to speak. He greeted the reporters and then invited them to join him in his stateroom. They crammed in, then peppered him with questions.

If all would lay down their arms, they would be freed from all difficulties and every misery would be changed into relief. The reporters in dark coats and derby hats jostled for space in the small first-class suite: White wood paneling covered the upper walls of the sitting room, contrasting with dark wainscoting below.

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Through the door, in the sleeping cabin, a painted chrome bed frame occupied a quarter of the space, supporting a long narrow mattress. A small writing desk and chair stood next to it along the back wall, beside a tall, skinny armoire topped with a rectangular mirror. Along the opposite wall a long low sofa tucked itself under the window. An oriental rug covered the few remaining square feet of floor. The Cedric started her engines for the final cruise up the bay. In the past, the unity of patriotism, the unity of nations and religions was established; but in this century, the oneness of the world of humanity is established; hence this century is greater than the past.

A reverend heard his presentation and invited him and introduced him at a reception at another event on 28 May. He stayed in Boston for 23 and 24 July, and then went to the summer home of Mr. He left to Boston and then rode to Montreal where he arrived near midnight on 30 August at the Windsor train station on Peel Street and was greeted by William Sutherland Maxwell.

He would stay in Montreal until 9 September. On his first day in the city he was visited by Frederick Robertson Griffin who would later lead the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Later that morning he visited a friend of the Maxwell's who had a sick baby. In the afternoon he took a car ride around Montreal. That evening a reception was held including a local socialist leader.

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The next day he spoke at a Unitarian church on Sherbrooke Street. Anne Savage recorded that she had sought him out but uncharacteristically was shy upon seeing him. He took up residence in the Windsor Hotel. After a day of meeting individuals he took an afternoon excursion on his own possibly to the francophone part of the city and back. That evening he spoke to a socialist meeting addressing "The Economic Happiness of the Human Race" — that we are as one family and should care for each other, not to have absolute equality but to have a firm minimum even for the poorest, to note foremost the position of the farmer, and a progressive tax system.

I find these two great American nations highly capable and advanced in all that appertains to progress and civilization. These governments are fair and equitable. The motives and purposes of these people are lofty and inspiring. Therefore, it is my hope that these revered nations may become prominent factors in the establishment of international peace and the oneness of the world of humanity; that they may lay the foundations of equality and spiritual brotherhood among mankind; that they may manifest the highest virtues of the human world, revere the divine lights of the Prophets of God and establish the reality of unity so necessary today in the affairs of nations.

I pray that the nations of the East and West shall become one flock under the care and guidance of the divine Shepherd.

Verily, this is the bestowal of God and the greatest honor [ sic ] of man. This is the glory of humanity. This is the good pleasure of God. I ask God for this with a contrite heart. During the Mormon's annual convention, at the steps of the Temple, he was reported to have said: While traversing the Sierra Nevada, he made a reference to observing the snow sheds at Donner Pass and the struggle of the pioneering members of the Donner Party.

In Washington he was invited to speak to the Washington Hebrew Congregation at their temple on 9 November. Later on 11 November, he travelled to Baltimore , where his arrival was anticipated from early April, [] and he spoke at a Unitarian church saying in part that "the world looked to America as the leader in the world-wide peace movement" and "not being a rival of any other power and not considering colonization schemes or conquests, made it an ideal country to lead the movement. Several memoirs cover this period. He stayed in London until 6 January and during his stay there he gave multiple talks.

The meeting in the library was run by Alexander Whyte who said "Dear and honoured Sir, I have had many meetings in this house, but never have I seen such a meeting It reminds me of what St.

`Abdu'l-Bahá's journeys to the West

Paul said, ' God hath made of one blood all nations of men,' and of what our Lord said, ' They shall come from the East and the West, from the North and the South, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God. Visitors again came on the 9th, and in the evening he gave a talk with the Theosophical society hosted by David Graham Pole. Then he was in Bristol on 15 and 16 January, coming back to London where he stayed until the 21st, except for a trip to Woking on the 18th.

He had met with a group of Pairs professors and theological students at Pasteur Henri Monneir's Theological Seminary; Pasteur Monnier was a distinguished Protestant theologian, vice-president of the Protestant Federation of France and professor of Protestant theology in Paris. He also met with the Theosophical Society , and the Turkish Association. On 11 April he spoke at the hall of the old building of parliament, and on the next day he spoke to some visitors who included the president of the Turanian Society.

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During his week in Stuttgart, he mostly stayed at his hotel due to a lingering cold, but he did give a talk at a museum, as well as receiving guests at his room. He also met again with Turkish and Persian ministers. The steamer landed in Port Said in Egypt on 17 June He landed in Haifa in the early afternoon of 5 December From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 24 December Retrieved 14 March Blomfield, Lady []. Archived from the original on 30 March Thompson, Juliet; Marzieh Gail The diary of Juliet Thompson.

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