Letter of 30 October 1950
To James and Melba Loft1
Dear Bahá’í Friends:
He does not feel it is right for you and your family to impoverish yourselves further in order to remain on the Reservation; on the other hand your being there and living amongst the people is undoubtedly the best way to teach them. He, therefore, suggests you present your problem and your own suggestions to the National Spiritual Assembly of Canada, and seek their advice and help.
He will pray that a way may open for you to earn your living properly, and also continue among the Indians.
He sends you and your family his love.
In His service,
[From the Guardian:]
With the assurance of my abiding and deepest appreciation of your services to our beloved Faith, of my heartfelt admiration for the spirit that animates you, and of my ardent prayers for the success of every effort you exert for its promotion and consolidation,
Your true and grateful brother,
|1.||James and Melba Loft—Mohawk and Ojibwa believers who returned to Canada from the United States to pioneer to the Tyendinaga (Mohawk) Indian Reserve, near Shannonville, Ontario, in 1949, where James passed away in 1973, and Melba in 1985. Melba was the first Canadian native believer. See The Bahá’í World Vol. XVI, 514–516, and Vol. XIX, 697–699, In Memoriam. [ Back To Reference]|