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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 100-101

Letter of 17 December 1934

17 December 1934
Dear Mrs. Slade,
The Guardian has directed me to thank you for your welcome letter dated December 8th, and also for the undated one just received.
In regard to his money order for the 150 copies of the “Promise of All Ages”, he wishes you to offer the remaining sum to your National Assembly for the purposes of their national fund.
He is pleased to learn that the editor of “The Times’ Literary Supplement” has accepted to have Canon Townshend’s book reviewed in his paper. He trusts that the result will be such as to stimulate many people to buy this volume, and to carefully and seriously study and meditate upon its contents.
With reference to Mr. … property on Mt. Carmel, the Guardian specially requests you to proceed quickly in the matter of your National Assembly’s incorporation so as to enable him to establish a branch of that Assembly in Palestine and thus make possible the registration of the land in question in the name of the British N.S.A. The land is completely safe-guarded at present.
He would deeply appreciate if you send him photostatic copies of the registration documents as soon as they will be ready.
In this connection, the Guardian wishes me to draw once more your attention to the importance of following, in the adoption of your Assembly’s constitution, complete and exact wording of the text of the Declaration of Trust and By-Laws of 101 the American N.S.A., with due consideration however to all local conditions which may necessitate some minor departure from the original American copy.
It will interest you to know that the N.S.A. of the Bahá’ís of India and Burma have carefully followed the constitutions adopted by the American believers, both in the local and the national sphere, and have succeeded in registering their National Assembly as a legal body empowered to administer the affairs of the Cause throughout India and Burma. The Guardian is now engaged in establishing a branch of the Indian N.S.A. in Palestine. The National Assemblies of Egypt, ‘Iráq and Persia have likewise adopted without any alteration whatever the text of the American constitution as a pattern for their local as well as national regulations and by-laws.
Yours in His Service,
[From the Guardian:]
May the Almighty enable you to surmount all the obstacles that stand in your path and accomplish the great project which you are initiating, and establish your manifold administrative activities on a sound, permanent and unassailable basis.
Your true and grateful brother,