'Abdu'l-Baha glimpsed on board the S.S. Celtic as He sailed away from New York City bound for Liverpool, England, 5 December 1912. His parting words expressed the wish "that the East and West may embrace each other in love and deal with one another in sympathy and affection. Until man reaches this high station, the world of humanity shall not find rest..."
The City Temple, London, where 'Abdu'l-Baha gave His first ever public talk on 10 September 1911. "The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion," He told the congregation.
'Abdu'l-Baha's first visit to England in September 1911 included a weekend stay in the city of Bristol where He met Baha'is and their friends. "What struck some of those present was his extremely natural and simple behaviour," wrote an observer, "and the pleasant sense of humour, which his long imprisonment and awful trials had not succeeded in destroying."
'Abdu'l-Baha, formally photographed at the famous Taponnier studio in Paris. He told one meeting in the French capital, "In this room today are members of many races...brothers and sisters meeting in friendship and harmony! Let this gathering be a foreshadowing of what will, in very truth, take place in this world, when every child of God realizes that they are leaves of one tree, flowers of one garden, drops in one ocean, and sons and daughters of one Father, whose name is love!"
'Abdu'l-Baha and His entourage beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in 1912. "I in the East, and you in the West, let us try with heart and soul that unity may dwell in the world," He told His French audience, "that all the people may become one people, and that the whole surface of the earth may be like one country."
'Abdu'l-Baha with friends in Lincoln Park, Chicago in 1912. This city was particularly dear to Him, He told His followers, because it was where the first Baha'i centre had been established on the American continent.
'Abdu'l-Baha's second visit to mainland Europe in 1913 included a stay in Germany. He is depicted here at a large gathering in Esslingen. "I was young when I was put into prison and my hair was white when the prison doors opened..." He told Baha'is in Stuttgart. "Now I am here in order to be united with you, in order to meet you. My purpose is that perchance you may illumine the world of humanity; that all men may be united in perfect love and friendship..."