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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, 1920-07-08

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn in Durban, Natal, S.A. Pendleton hopes Pitcairn’s recent heart trouble will turn out to be nothing more than a result of indigestion. He suggests that the meat-heavy diet in Maseru may be partially to blame for Pitcairn’s condition. Pendleton remembers fondly his stay with the Ridgways at their Essenwood Road home; He was with them for several weeks, recovering from an “unaccountable systemic disturbance.” He writes, “My doctor now tells me that I was then and had been for some time before, suffering from poison continually injected into the system from bad teeth. Certainly since the removal of some of these teeth after my return home, I have come back to a normal state of mind and body, having ups and downs of course; but I am nonetheless sound I believe.” Pendleton notes with interest that Pitcairn has begun instructing Moffat Nqanyana (misspelling of Mcanyana), and he inquires whether Pitcairn still plans to send the “Fingo” man from Cape Colony to Bryn Athyn for schooling. In answer to Pitcairn’s question regarding uniforms, Pendleton states that they should be “significative” and yet distinct from the “Old Church” uniforms. Pendleton informs Pitcairn that he will be taking a month’s rest over the summer at the Howard cabin in the Adirondacks with his family. In Bryn Athyn, the International Council meetings have ended. Pendleton believes these meetings were some of the best they have ever had, resulting in a renewed interest in the universal missiion of the General Church. Names mentioned: the Ridgways, Moffat Nqanyana (Moffat Bontyisi Mcanyana), the Howards, Wilfred (Howard)


  • 1920-07-08


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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