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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Gilbert Haven Smith, 1917-05-08

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Gilbert Haven Smith in Glenview, IL, USA. Pendleton has received Smith’s letters of April 29th and May 4th. He is glad to welcome Mrs. Van Epps and Neville Wright to the General Church; Certificates of membership have been sent. Pendleton is pleased with Smith’s renewed optimism regarding his work in Chicago. He writes, “I note with interest that the spirit of Church extension is spreading throughout the New Church in this country. I sincerely welcome this movement and believe that it has come to us of Providence. It is an absolute law that that which ceases to grow dies.” Pendleton was sorry to read that Smith must abandon the camp at Covert and that he may be unable to attend the June ministers’ meetings in Bryn Athyn. He strongly encourages Smith to attend, writing, “Few things are of more importance to the continued well-being of our general body that (than?) that its ministers should come together at least once a year in order that their spirits may be renewed and their enthusiasm for the work of the Church stimulated. When this is done each one carries back to his own society something of great value.” There is a standing tradition that each minister’s society pays for their minister to attend these meetings, and Pendleton encourages the Sharon Church to uphold this tradition if possible. Names mentioned: Mrs. (Cordelia) Van Epps, Neville Wright


  • 1917-05-08


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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Part of the Academy of the New Church Archives Repository

PO Box 740
Bryn Athyn PA 19009 USA