#100 – 100 Years Ago in Washington D.C.: Brief notes of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s activity from 23 April 1912, 24 April,

25 April, 26 April, 27 April  and 28 April when He leaves Washington, D.C. for His first visit to Chicago.

 Please note:  As our messages about the activities of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are ‘out of synch’ with His travels in real time, we are forwarding this collection of ‘notes’ so that readers may be fully aware of where He is staying and speaking. 

 We hope this will help those readers who are compiling their own notebooks of His activities based on these notes. 

 We may need to follow this pattern for a few more issues.  

With apologies —– 

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23 April, 1912: At the end of the Parsons’ reception  (where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá introduced Louis Gregory to Washington society) ‘Abdu’l-Bahá  went to Washington and M Street N.W. to the large Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church,  where the auditorium was taxed to capacity with people waiting to hear Him speak to the Bethel Literary and Historical Society, to which He afterward made a contribution. Late that night, before going to rest, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told the friends, “We must offer thanks to the Blessed Beauty, because it is His help that has stirred the people. . . .

239 Days, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey in America, by Allan L. Ward, ©1979,  National Spiritual  Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, p.42

24 April, 1912, (Wednesday) Washington D.C. .

Wednesday morning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke at “Studio Hall” (1219 Connecticut Avenue) at a reception for children which opened with songs by the children.

239 Days, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey in America, by Allan L. Ward, ©1979,  National Spiritual  Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, p 40-41

At noon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Mrs. Parsons and small group were driven to the Arlington Cemetery. But while waiting for their carriage they walked up 18th St. nearly to J Street. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá observed an electric motor (automobile) on the other side of the street,stopped, remarked about it and asked the price. Mr. Mason Remey, part of the walking group, said he would find out.

In the evening ‘Abdu’l-Bahá went to “a meeting of colored and white people at Mrs. Dyers and later to Mr. Alexander Graham Bell’s,” his 3rd meeting of the day.

Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996 pg. 43-44

25 April, 1912 (Thursday), Washington, D.C.:  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke in the morning at the Parson’s home with a group of Theosophists. Following this a group of Esperantists came.

239 Days, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey in America, by Allan L. Ward, ©1979,  National Spiritual  Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, pp 44-45

In the evening they dined at the Turkish Embassy.

Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996 , p 47-49

26 April, 1912, (Friday), Washington, D.C.: In the morning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke at the All Souls Unitarian Church to the woman’s Alliance. Mrs. John J. White asked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to speak with a few people at her home for lunch. The Turkish Ambassador was to be with them.

Later, before dinner at a quarter to five, He spoke in the Parson’s large room with a number of people who filled it.

After dinner He spoke at the Memorial Continental Hall, the public hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an elite social organization.

Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996, pp 46-52 
27 April, 1912, Saturday, Washington, D.C.: At lunch at the Parson’s home ‘Abdu’l-Bahá talked about the proper method of taxation. (See text of talk in Foundations of World Unity, pp. 38-43.)

Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996 , p. 53, 54.

28 April, 1912, Sunday, Washington, D.C.: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaves Washington D.C.  at 5:30 PM for his first visit to Chicago.  (He will return May 8.)

239 Days, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey in America, by Allan L. Ward, ©1979,  National Spiritual  Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States,, p, 46 ,pg. xiii;

  Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996 pg. xiii: 

He visited the Turkish Ambassador accompanied by Mrs. Parsons. Late in the day he left Washington D.C. by train traveling to New York City.

Agnes Parson’s Diary, ©1996, Kalimát Press, Los Angeles, 1996, p 57-59 

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