[Letter] 1923 June 25, West New Brighton, N.Y. [to] Darwin J. Messerole

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[Letter] 1923 June 25, West New Brighton, N.Y. [to] Darwin J. Messerole


Meserole, Darwin J., 1868-1952
Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. The Forgotten Purpose of Jesus.
Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. The decay of capitalist civilisation.
Christian socialism.


Markham thanks Meserole for sending "The Decay of Capitalistic Civilization" by Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Markham goes on to talk about how Jesus is the only man who can save civilization from decay.


Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940


Edwin Markham Archive, Horrmann Library




Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


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West Brighton, N.Y., June 25, 1923
My Dear Darwin J. Meserole:
My hearty thanks for the copy of The Decay of Capitalistic Civilization, by Sidney and Beatrice Webb, those two explorers who see deep into our social chaos. I am glad to get this news, for the sooner our capitalistic civilization decays the sooner we may look for the rise of the Comrade Kingdom of Jesus. And this reminds me to tell you that I am writing at intervals on a volume to be called The Forgotten Purpose of Jesus. When I read the Gospels and study the history of the early Christian Church, I am amazed to find how far our religious teachers have drifted from the plain social purpose of our Divine Leader. I shall attempt to show—I will show—that Jesus is the world’s great practical idealist, the only man who can save civilization. I will show that he has only one plan for saving this degenerate and warring humanity, and that plan involves the organization of a Comrade Kingdom, a new social order where in all men should live for one another and not 66 one another, a social order where in the driving motive would be the making of a life not the making of money. I shall slo show that this conception of the purpose of Jesus had a place in the hearts of his followers down all the years to the time of the Emperor Constantine. Then it was that the persecuted disciples, in an hour of weakness, were drawn under the protecting wing of the Emperor. In that moment the little Labor Church, instead of overcoming the world, was overcome by the world. Yes, I bowed my head to the doctorate of the University; but it doesn’t seem to make any difference with the atmosphere of my spirit. I still love my old friends. Expect me at some early day: I’m getting rather hungry—especially hungry for the bread of the heart.
Yours with all the old devotion:
Edwin Markham
Hobby horse

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