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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Gustaf Baeckström, 1919-11-29

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Gustaf Baeckström in Stockholm, Sweden. Pendleton acknowledges Baeckstrom’s letter of Oct. 22nd, and he regrets that Baeckstrom’s report did not arrive in time to be presented to the General Assembly. Mr. Svensson has arrived in Bryn Athyn and has made a favorable impression. They now have 5 theological students in one class: (Ernst) Pfeiffer, Raymond Cranch, Loyal Odhner, Frank H. Rose, and Mr. Svensson. School attendance is high; They have more then 200 pupils in the Academy, and the dormitories are almost overflowing. Pendleton is interested in Baeckstrom’s missionary efforts in Gothenburg and elsewhere. Pendleton thinks Baeckstrom has a remarkable missionary opportunity; “Doubtless the world wide commotion resulting from the war . . . has, by breaking up old states, imparted greater freedom of thinking to men.” After the dedication of the Cathedral, they have been welcoming hundreds of visitors every week in Bryn Athyn. Committees of young church members greet visitors and answer doctrinal questions. One afternoon they had as many as 500 visitors, and average Sunday church attendance has been over 300 people. Pendleton notes with interest the changed relations of the Stockholm Circle with Mr. Manby and the leading members of his society, and he commends Baeckstrom on his stance that the latter part of Conjugial Love is part of the inspired Revelation. Pendleton writes, “My policy is to be friendly with all who will be friendly but to stand firmly and without any evasion on the doctrine of the Divine Authority of the Writings.”


  • 1919-11-29


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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