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Messages to Canada

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • Bahá’í Canada Publications
  • Pages:
  • 276
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Pages 47-48

Letter of 11 December 1936

11 December 1936

To F. St. George Spendlove1

Dear Mr. Spendlove,

The Guardian is pleased that your labours in this connection will not be unaided, but will be reinforced through the close and continued collaboration of Messrs. William Suter2 and Gerrard Sluter,3 the only active believers besides you in Toronto. It is his fervent hope that your united endeavours will greatly stimulate the promotion of the teaching work in that centre. May Bahá’u’lláh send down upon you His confirmations, and assist you in the attainment of this supreme objective.

Assuring you and them of the Guardian’s ardent supplications on your behalf at the Holy Shrines,

Yours in His Service,

H. Rabbani

[From the Guardian:]

Dear and valued co-worker:

I wish to assure you in person of my deep appreciation of the work you are so devotedly accomplishing in Toronto. My hope, indeed my prayer, is that you may be graciously assisted to establish a group of fervent believers who will form a nucleus and foundation for a flourishing spiritual Assembly. Persevere in your pioneer efforts and rest assured.

Your true and grateful brother,


1.F. St. George Spendlove—a Montreal believer who served on the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles (1935–36), and settled in Toronto. His many services and accomplishments are described in The Bahá’í World Vol. XIII, 895–899, In Memoriam.  [ Back To Reference]
2.William Suter—Swiss-born member of the Montreal Bahá’í youth group who moved to Toronto in 1936, later was caretaker at the Laurentian Bahá’í School until his death in 1966.  [ Back To Reference]
3.Gerrard Sluter-Schlutius—German-born member of the Montreal Bahá’í youth group who moved to Toronto in 1935, and to Guatemala in 1939. Shoghi Effendi later declared him a Covenant-breaker for his persistent political involvement.  [ Back To Reference]