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Father Divine Responds to an Ill Follower In His Truly "Divine" Way
- (1882-1965). Divine was an African-American religious leader and the founder of the Peace Mission movement. He was born in Georgia as George Baker, and moved around 1915 to the North; he later called himself Father Divine. Many accepted him as the personification of God. Although he was African-American, his movement was interracial and nonsectarian. It spread from Harlem, but faltered after his death. TLS. 1pg. 8½" x 11". December 22, 1952. A typed letter signed "Rev. M. J. Divine, Ms. D." to Miss Titus Praise, a follower of Divine, who had fallen ill. The letter is written on Father Divine Letterhead from his U.S.A. Northeastern Churches and Connections Under the Peace Mission Movement and lists in the right and left margins all of his churches, housing, and school locations. The Reverend writes with a positive air and in typical Father Divine fashion: "Your Letter of the 19th has been received and I AM responding that you may know: 'Before they call I will answer and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.' If you will keep the faith, MY SPIRIT can heal you. However, if you have not completely overcome the condition, it would be your privilege to consult a physician, as you may not be eating properly of over indulging in such things as would be detrimental to your physical system. With best wishes to you and all who are concerned, this leaves ME as I AM Well, Healthy, Joyful, Peaceful, Lively, Loving, Successful, Prosperous and Happy in Spirit, Body and Mind and in every organ, muscle, sinew, joint, limb, vein and bone and even in every ATOM, fibre and cell of MY BODILY FORM." The letter is in fine shape, with only very slight tears, fold separations, and two barely bent corners. The envelope, a bit worn from age, is also from his official stationary of his main Philadelphia location and is laden with nine Father Divine "peace" stamps, each with an inspirational message [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc.]
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