Dear Mrs. Allen,
Epoch arrived today and I only wish that I lived nearer so that I might go to the Steinway Hall on Sundays to have the pleasure of seeing and hearing you, but as that is impossible, the next best thing is to join the Correspondence Study Classes if you will kindly send me all particulars of them. Is there anything I can do to assist you in the good work? I shall be so glad to do so.
I enclose a stamped addressed envelope for your reply, and also One Shilling as my collection money for Steinway Hall. I will send this again. l am not rich, but I can spare a little for the good cause, and one must give as God has given—not grudgingly, but willingly, for "He giveth us all things richly to enjoy."...Now I must close, wishing you all power and success in the good work of our Lord and Master. Wishing you every blessing and joy for yourself, and your daughter, my thoughts and prayers will be with you on Sunday afternoons. If every Epoch reader will join in this same thought every Sunday afternoon our spirits will blend with yours although we cannot be with you in the body.
Yours in all sincerity of thought and prayer,
Dear Kind Friend,
I have taken the above from your very long and kind letter, and as your letter is only one of many others expressing so many kind and sincere wishes and prayers for the success of the work in London, I must make this one reply do for all. So many have written begging me to write them personally about the first meeting at the Hall, and all about the work, &c., &c., I am sure if my dear friends and readers only realized one half of what I have to do they would know how impossible it is for me to write as they wish. My hands are more than full from early till late, and my mind and heart also are as full as they can possibly be with all the demands of the work. So you must not expect personal replies to your letters, dear kind readers, much as I should love to write to you all. I am very delighted with the letter quoted above. This lady is very practical in her sympathy and prayers, and she sends along what she would have put into the collection had she been at Steinway Hall. May I pass on her kind act to you all as a suggestion that you might also feel you would like to help so? One gentleman in writing expressed his great regret that he could not be in Town to help me with the work, and was there anything he could do to help on the work. I did find time to write and say that a sympathetic check would be of very great value. One writes to know if I am being financed by some rich reader or friend! No, I am not. No one has in any way financed the movement. I have come at the call of the Spirit, and He who called will also provide. Again, I wish it to be understood that this has nothing to do with the Epoch Maintenance Fund. l bear personally all the responsibility., The Epoch is quite a separate thing as I have always kept it, and the Maintenance Fund will never be used for this work I have undertaken. A good number of Magazines have been sold after each meeting at the Hall, and of course in that way the work of the Magazine will be helped. A number have also become subscribers, and I hope to increase the Subscribers List very substantially through the meetings. The Study Classes which I hope to commence shortly will also be a part of the London work, and not included in the Epoch account. I am obliged to make a charge for these Classes as they will take up a great deal of my time, and especially those by Correspondence, as it will mean a great deal of typing and paper work. Will those who have written asking for Particulars wait a little longer until l am quite settled, and all particulars will be forwarded to them. I am already overwhelmed with requests for interviews. I am only too glad to help all I can in this way, but please do not forget that if I were to grant all the time asked for, I should do little beside. So I am obliged to ask all those who wish for personal interviews, for advice, or sympathy, or instruction, to remember that the laborer is worthy of her hire, and I must ask them to, in return, support the work according to their means. This I am sure is quite a reasonable request on my part.
My new book Elements of Success, is in the press, and we hope to have it on sale very shortly. It is to be a companion volume to Personality, same price, &c. It is published by L. N. Fowler & Co., and may be ordered direct, or through any bookseller.
I must tell you a little about the kind welcome I received, and all the willing helpers that came forward to do all they could for me and the work. Our dear old faithful friends, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stone, were among the first to offer their services, and never shall I forget their kindness and sympathy. They are just full of enthusiasm and earnest endeavor for the work. They worked hard that week before the first meeting, giving away hundreds of leaflets in hotels, streets, by letter, &c,, &c. Mr. Stone also undertook to always see that Stewards were there to attend at every meeting. Then it was an unspeakable joy to see my dear husband’s brother, Mr. T. W. Allen, there, and to know that he was heart and soul with me in the work. I am so glad that he is living in London, for I know how happy our dear Teacher will be to have his own dear brother connected with the work called after his name. By the way, l have not told you that it is called the James Allen Movement. I must also tell you about our Hon. Organist, Mr. A. J. Collier, who has undertaken the whole of the musical part of the work. I cannot express all this means to me. He is one of those men who hold all their talents as a gift from God, to be given back again to Him in joyful service. l wish you could hear him play the beautiful organ at the Hall. It is just beyond my powers to describe it to you. l have never heard such soul music in all my life. His prelude every Sunday just calls the thoughts and all the soul of one away from everything, and one becomes centered in the spiritual. He is full of purpose concerning the work and has already a number of kind and willing helpers enrolled as the beginning of what he means to be a really good choir. He has even greater ambitions for the work, and hopes one day to have an orchestra. Then Mrs. Bartlett has been singing for us, and her beautiful songs have been listened to with rapt attention. She sings from the very depths of her heart right into the hearts of her audience, and one can feel every word coming from the very soul of her. She certainly has consecrated her lovely voice to God or she could not sing with such power. We hope she is going to be the leader of the Choir. Next Sunday (I am writing on the 10th) Miss Sara Price is going to sing for us, and we are looking forward very much to hearing her.
The Steinway is a beautiful hall. I have spoken in many buildings of all shapes and sizes, but I have never spoken in one with such ease and pleasure. There is a beautiful and inspiring influence in the place, and one feels on entering it that the influence one needs is already there. This is no doubt due to the fact that the Rev. W. Walsh preaches there morning and evening, so that the place is just full of the influence of prayer and life of the Spirit.
Then I must tell you of the joy it has been to me to speak to the people who have come. I never had such good listeners. They simply hang upon every word, and the attention is wonderful. It is just such listeners that make the joy of any speaker. Who could be anything but inspired when looking into such earnest faces! What a joy it has been, too, to shake hands with so many at the close, and to meet among them old Light of Reason readers of whom one had lost sight through the drift of the years. Last Sunday there were several of whom I had not heard for many years. It was good to see them again, and I think those who were recognized at once were very happy that the years had not blotted out the memory of their faces. Some were more difficult to recognize, but that is quite to be expected, as we all change more or less as the years go by. But the kindness I have received from one and all! I simply cannot express all it means to me. Never surely has a worker received such a loving and enthusiastic welcome. It inspires me, and gives me courage to go on in the great work I have set my hand to.
At the earnest request of many readers I have printed my first address in this issue. Now I must confess that this article is not all I said, and much of it I did not say at all. I cannot speak from notes, and to take a written address with me is out of the question. I tried it at Steinway (I confess) the first Sunday! Well, it had to go, and I found myself in front of the desk speaking out from my heart to the people. Notes or MS must be forgotten, and the words must come as the Spirit giveth utterance. So when I try to give you some of my addresses in the Epoch don’t be surprised if someone who heard me there, says, "Mrs. Allen never said that in her address."
There has been a request from more than one reader for a Leaflet to be sent to them each week containing the Order of the Service. This we will gladly do if our readers wish, but there must be a standing order and we must make a charge for them. Any reader who wishes to have the Order of the Service posted direct to them on Thursday in each week must enclose Three Pence to cover cost and postage. Payments may be made for one or two months in advance. It would be indeed very beautiful to know that all over the country our readers were with us in spirit, following the Service.
There are so many ways in which you can help. If you know any friends in London, write and tell them of the meetings, and work, and ask them to attend. Pray for us. Write to us. Join the Correspondence Classes. Lessons will be sent to you every week for study, and the following week a list of questions will be sent on the lesson, and these will be corrected and returned to you with comments and explanations, after which they will be yours to keep for further study and reference. I hope to start this work in October, so will all who wish to join please send in your names at once, and all particulars will be sent to you.
But I must close although there seems to be much more to say. Another month I hope to have much to tell you, and I shall be glad to receive letters from my readers, and I will answer in the Letter Box, and when necessary by post as hitherto.
Ever affectionately yours,
Lily L. Allen