ARCHIBALD C. "AL" HARTE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/07/1923 - HFSID 17964
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ARCHIBALD CLINTON "AL" HARTE
Letter outlining ambitious plans to expand the Young Men's Christian Association in Jerusalem
Typed Letter signed: "Al Harte", 1 page, 8x10. Jerusalem, 1923 August 7. On letterhead of the General Secretary, Young Men's Christian Association in Jerusalem to H. W. Love, New York City. In full: "Thanks for yours of January 25th. One of these days I will try to write a good letter to Mrs. Barney and send you a copy of the same. By the way, I was surprised yesterday to have a telephone call from Notre Dame Convent and to find myself talking to Mrs. Barker of Hartford. She is one of the Foreign Department regular subscribers. Unfortunately she is having some throat trouble and cannot get about. I helped her to get into better quarters yesterday and will try to see her again today. I will do what I can for her. Our building plans are on the jump. I reckon before the week is out we will have the site we have been after for two years, the choicest vacant site in Jerusalem, and I reckon in another two years we will have a building which will be as it were the White flower of our Association building program. At least that is our aim. We are studying, dreaming and consulting in order to get a building that will meet the needs of the young men of Jerusalem, forward the work throughout Arab Asia, bring Jerusalem into close touch with the Association world, and be as pleasing and graceful in doing the above as possible and at the same time be a spiritual atmosphere. We plan that our building and site shall constantly breathe forth our loftiest purpose. If we succeed, it will be worth a visit; if not, Jerusalem is always worth a visit, so put us down on your program. Sincerely yours". Archibald "Al" Harte (1865-1946) was a YMCA administrator in the US and India before getting the post he desired, General Secretary of the Jerusalem YMCA, in 1919. The building envisioned in this letter was indeed built, though not as quickly as Harte hoped. It opened in 1933, the year he retired to a home on the Sea of Galilee. Harte was a chaplain during the Spanish-American War, and organized YMCA assistance to prisoners of war during World War I. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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