Thursday, June 15, 2017

The first Englishman to become a Bahá’í died of TB at the age of 30

In 1902, Thomas Breakwell, the first Englishman to become a Bahá’í and the first to make a Bahá’í pilgrimage, died of tuberculosis at the age of 30, one year after having become a Bahá’í.

On hearing of his death, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote a tablet in his honor...

O Breakwell! O my dear one! Where are thy beauteous eyes? Thy smiling lips? Thy princely cheek? Thy graceful form? O Breakwell! O my dear one! At all times do I call thee to mind, I shall never forget thee. I pray for thee by day and by night. I see thee plain before me, as if in open day. O Breakwell! O my dear one!…

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