Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Agnes: April 22 – Presents for the Parsons’ family

Agnes Parsons' Diary
April 22, 1912
Washington, DC

Early Monday morning the household was called together, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave a short talk and His Blessing. He admonished each one to be faithful and said He had prayed for all. Afterward He gave each servant a handmade silk handkerchief as a souvenir.

Abdu’l-Bahá saw several people before He went out for a drive. He returned in time for luncheon. Before He went for His drive He gave Jeffrey Boy[Agnes Parsons’ son] a very handsome Persian ink well. At lunch He presented Mr. Parsons with a manuscript book of Bahá’u’lláh done by one of the best Persian writers. It contains very interesting illuminations. Just before or after lunch (I cannot recall the exact time) ‘Abdu’l-Bahá handed me a pair of glasses, asking me to try them on, which I did but was obliged to tell him they did not suit me, so I gave them back to Him, but He put them in the case and handed them to me. Of course, I shall keep them and try them again. It was Mr. Parsons to whom the glasses were given first.