'Abdu'l-Bahá's travels


Abdu’l-Bahá arrived in Montreal on August 30 “on a bright moonlit evening” and stayed with May and Sutherland Maxwell at their home on Pine Avenue.

Abdu’l-Bahá remained in Montreal for ten days, living at the Maxwell’s, and, then, despite their entreaties, moving into the Hotel Windsor. The friends and inquirers flocked around Him throughout His stay. He spoke at meeting after meeting at the Maxwell home, and, among other places, at the Unitarian Church, at the St. James Methodist Church, and at the Socialist Club.

On September 5, the Bishop in Montreal visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to express his gratitude for “the address concerning the purpose of the Manifestation of Christ and the other holy Manifestations.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “Tonight I shall speak in the Methodist Church. You may come if you wish.” On the evening of September 6, Mrs. Maxwell reminisced with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “At the time when I was visiting ‘Akka I despaired of the blessing of ever possessing children. Praise be to God! My desire and your prayer at the Holy Tomb of Bahá’u’lláh were accepted and I was blessed with a dear baby [Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum].