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‘Abdu’l-Bahá Walking on Riverside Drive in New York

May 17, 1912
'Abdu'l-Baha Walking on Riverside Drive in New York
Riverside Drive New York, NY

MANY friends carne to visit Him and when their numbers increased, the Master went into the assembly room and
gave a lengthy talk that began with a description of the Lake Mohonk conference. He said that the influence and practice of peace and the unity of nations could only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit. When He was tired during these days He would often go alone in the afternoon to the park near Riverside Drive. He explained: ‘When I sleep on the grass, I obtain relief from exhaustion and am freed from cares. If I am not alone, I will talk and perspire and will not become relaxed and free of cares.’ As always, people were continually corning and going both day and night. Everyone was anxious to see Him and He spoke to them continuously. It was impossible for Him to get any rest except when He went out alone.”
—Mahmud’s Diary, 103.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá walks alone on a sidewalk from our left to right with His hands in the pockets of his dark colored aba. Trees and a steel railing make up the background.

May 17, 1912 is a guesstimate. Exact date unknown.