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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Henry Leonardos, 1921-05-02

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Henry Leonardos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pendleton has received Leonardos’ letter of April 7th with enclosed General Church membership applications. Pendleton notes that there are no baptism records for several of the applicants, and he informs Leonardos that the General Church cannot accept the applications of unbaptized members. Pendleton writes that the General Church will recognize the baptisms which have already taken place in Rio, and he requests that those who have been ordained by Mr. de La Fayette continue serving the ministry until the General Church can send a representative to properly ordain them. Mr. Iungerich will visit Rio in the summer and will explain the General Church customs. Iungerich has been studying Portuguese and hopes to address to society in their own language. In answer to Leonardos’ question about monetary contributions to the Church, Pendleton responds that the General Church does not require specific amounts, but it does expect that members will give voluntarily according to their own consciences. Pendleton discusses the situation with Mr. de La Fayette. De La Fayette is not a member of the General Church, and thus they have no connection with him except for his employment to translate the Writings into Portuguese. He is a good translator, and the Church would like to maintain its connection with him in this regard. However, Pendleton makes it clear that the Church “can take no part in nor in any way countenance the dreams of those psychic ladies upon which he places such an exceeding great value.” Pendleton remarks that in Bryn Athyn, they have all enjoyed the photographs sent from Rio, and they are delighted to receive the Rio society into the General Church. Names mentioned: Mr. José Gomes de Asevedo, Othon Sarmanho, Oscar Gomes Velloso, Mr. (Eldred) Iungerich, Mr. de La Fayette, John Pitcairn


  • 1921-05-02


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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