[Letter] 1939 March 1 [to] Edwin Markham

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[Letter] 1939 March 1 [to] Edwin Markham


Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. The Forgotten Purpose of Jesus.
National Unemployment League (U.S.)
Christian socialism.


Meserole writes to Markham of the conditions of the world, and particularly Markham's views on the "The Forgotten Purpose of Jesus."


Meserole, Darwin J., 1868-1952


Edwin Markham Archive, Horrmann Library




Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


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March 1, 1939
Mr. Edwin Markham,
West New Brighton,
New York
Dear Edwin Markham:
Don’t you think, because I fail to write you, that I do not often think of you, and wish that I could see you and talk over conditions in the world – conditions which we have realized for years are but the fruit of our own ignorance and greed. I have before me a letter of yours I came across in my files a short time ago. It was written to me in 1923, in which you told me of your intention to write a book on “The Forgotten Purpose of Jesus”. You say in this letter: “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 wherein all men should live for one another and not on one another, a social order wherein the driving motive would be the making of a life, not the making of money.” I realize more than ever the truth that there is but one chance of saving what is good in our human society, viz. by following the teachings of Jesus—by learning to love, and ceasing to hate one another. God bless and keep you. I hope you are well. I am as busy as ever on my unemployment job, as you will see from the enclosed papers. With all my heart’s affection and good wishes.
Your Comrade Friend,
Darwin J. Meserole

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