Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Agnes: April 12-16 – Invitation from Agnes’ non-Bahá’í husband

Anges Parsons' Diary
April 16, 1912
Washington, DC

I wrote again saying the house was all arranged for His party and reminding Him of His promise in Syria to stay with us. Through Dr. Fareed has come a Tablet from which I quote[:] “The promise I made thee I will certainly carry out. I will come to thy city and[,] to visit with thee[,] I will come to thy house. Rest thou assured.” This was dated April 16th and on April 15th I had a long letter from Dr. [Edward] Getsinger, and a message in a letter from him to Mrs. [Louise] Boyle, speaking of the food and the hours for it which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is accustomed to. I wrote to Dr. G[etsinger] that we had rooms ready for all the party and that it was perfectly convenient to have the food arranged at the hours mentioned, but that if, after all I said[,] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá preferred to go to the apartment [which had been rented for His entourage] I should know that He knew best. Meantime Jeffrey[Agnes Parsons’ husband, who was not a Bahá’í] wrote Him a little note of invitation. Then came a short note from Dr. G[etsinger] containing a kind message from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ending with: “Also tell her that my decisions will all be made upon my arrival in Washington.”