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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Henry Leonardos, 1921-11-10

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Henry Leonardos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Upon returning from a successful trip to Europe, including visits to the General Church societies in England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Sweden, Pendleton received Leonardos’ letter of June 1st. Pendleton enjoyed reading Mr. Iungerich’s account of his trip to Rio over the summer for the purpose of helping the society there organize itself as part of the General Church. Pendleton has read a translation of the letter from Mr. Geymuller to Sr. de Lafayette and Sr. Lima's reply. Pendleton comments, “Is it not amazing that Mr. Geymuller could have written such a letter? I can only suppose him to have been moved by the deepest chagrin. . . surely you will now be in a position to see how our enemies treat us and with what cause. They seem to be inspired by a mad jealousy which is uncontrolled by any sense of right or justice.” Pendleton maintains that, while Geymuller’s view of the General Church is unfounded, these same views about the Church are held by the American Convention and English Conference. Pendleton reports on Sr. de Lafayette’s visit to Bryn Athyn; They were concerned that de Lafayette would request ordination into the General Church priesthood, which, although he is an educated man and the founder of the New Church group in Rio, they felt they could not grant due to de Lafayette’s belief in the dreams of a certain psychic woman. Pendleton was relieved when de Lafayette departed without requesting ordination. Commenting on the state of the New Church in Rio, Pendleton writes, “We could not but believe that the time would come when the New Church people of Rio de Janeiro would throw off the leading by visions and dreams, and would come to a sound rational view of the doctrines.” Pendleton send his best wishes to Leonardos and his family in Rio, and he notes postscript that “Mr. Geymuller is not the Pastor of the New Church Society in Lausanne, but is a young man who is editor of “L’Ere Nouvelle.” Names mentioned: Mr. (Eldred) Iungerich, Mr. (Henry de) Geymuller, Sr. (Levindo Castro) de Lafayette, Sr. (Joao de Mendonca) Lima


  • 1921-11-10


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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