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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, 1930-05-06

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn at Chateau de la Motte, Thoury-Ferrottes, Seine-et-Marne, France. Pendleton discusses a letter recently received by Pitcairn from Watanabe: “There is so far as I can see nothing in his letter to you which would warrant the conclusion that he is at this time prepared to break with Convention and come to us. It is clear that he is interiorly in sympathy with our position, but equally obvious that he does not want that fact known, doubtless because of his present alliance with Convention. I think we should wait, at least that I should, before making overtures, until he has come to the point of seeing that the General Church is the true hope of the future, and that its doctrinal stand is necessary to the right building of the Church.” Pendleton has no issue if Pitcairn would like to personally provide financial assistance for Watanabe to attend the Theological School in Bryn Athyn, but he anticipates it would be a challenge to secure Academy funding for him. With reference to their previous doctrinal correspondence, Pendleton writes, “…do not image for a moment that I took your words as in any sense a criticism of me personally, or that it ever occurred to me to feel slighted because you wrote to George at greater length. In a matter of such importance as the teaching which Mr. Pfeiffer has recently been giving, we should keep as clear as possible of any personal misunderstandings.” Pendleton ends the letter with a discussion of the upcoming Assembly, i.e., who will be attending and how the financial aid should be distributed. Names mentioned: (Isamu L.) Watanabe, George (DeCharms), Mr. (Ernst) Pfeiffer, Bishop (Robert James) Tilson, Mr. (Albert) Bjorck, Henry Heinrichs, Elmo (Acton), (Hendrik Willem) Boef


  • 1930-05-06


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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