Scope and Content

Letters from [the Rev.] Will Hayes [Unitarian minister and founder of the Order of the Great Companions, a movement to promote the study of comparative religions and the search for a world religion, which took its name from a line of Whitman's poetry]. Topics covered include: his wife's mental illness; the Bolton Library catalogue of Whitman material he has received from Minnie; cards and Church circulars he is sending for distribution, commenting that "[i]t may be news to some that there is a Church founded in Whitman's name"; Minnie's work in keeping Whitman lovers in contact; how he became a Unitarian under the influence of a man who knew Wallace; the loss of his Whitman books and papers following a nervous breakdown in 1948; his book, Walt Whitman: The Prophet of the New Era; a request from Minnie for any relevant material he possesses which might be sent to the John Rylands Library.

Dated at: Meopham Green [Kent].

1186/5/18/4 includes envelope.