New York, more activity . . .
Ward writes that the "talks and interviews continued all day long" (70),
but he doesn't offer specifics. Mahmud's entry is confused with that of
the 19th (Sunday)--so I will split that entry and put part of it in
today's post and part in tomorrow's.
Mahmud writes of
Saturday the 18th but likely he means Sunday the 19th: "Among those
visiting `Abdu'l-Bahá were some New York clergymen. One of them, Dr John
H. Randall, while the Master and His retinue had been absent, had
spoken to his congregation about the life and teachings of `Abdu'l-Bahá.
He expressed the hope that he would follow in the footsteps of the
Master. So effective was his talk that many of his listeners burst into tears. He
came with great humility to ask `Abdu'l-Bahá to deliver an address in
his church. `Abdu'l-Bahá replied that since He had been invited to speak
that week at several gatherings in Boston, He was not able to accept
the invitation until after He returned. . . ."
Can you imagine members of the congregation bursting into tears, just hearing their pastor's speech about the Master?
Abdu'l-Baha will be going to Boston in 5 days, on the 22nd. He must have felt torn about His various invitations. . . .
I did not find an image or reference to Dr. John H. Randall on the internet.