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In Memoriam[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1944]
THE test of a man's purpose, as well as his character, is to confront him with tremendous obstacles. Superficiality, selfishness and insincerity will not survive persecution, heartaches and great personal sacrifice. Most of the years of Dr. H. Spencer Lewis' life as First Imperator of A.M.O.R.C. in
In his later years, however, Dr. Lewis had the great joy of realizing the loyalty of thousands of men and women Rosicrucian members, who rallied to the cause of A.M.O.R.C. Further, by then his work was so well done that about him began to rise the organization that is a monument to his endeavors.
His love of the Rosicrucian Order and its ideals was the dynamic impulse which gave him the strength of mind by which he was able to achieve so much. This love was not cultivated by his association with the Order, but was a consuming flame within him before he occupied any office in A.M.O.R.C. As indicative of this, we quote, for the first time, from a personal letter written by him in
The letter, from which we quote the following paragraphs, was written in Dr. Lewis's own handwriting, as is the envelope, and is postmarked
"Have arrived safely in
"You remember my first experience about the R. & C. about a year ago. You recall my describing so many times since then the strange, dark-complexioned man who was to meet me. You always laughed and said it was a vagary of my mind. Well, I met him in life on the boat and he gave me a paper which has helped me to meet the people--the officials I wanted to meet. And he has followed me part way to
"Beautiful place here. I am making photos of the old building where I went through the strangest ceremonies I ever saw."
"At last I am in the R. & C., thank God--but the oaths and vows are severe. How many in
"P. S. I will never forget yesterday--Thursday, August 12, 1909. Hope we will live to see its great results in
Dr. Lewis's transition occurred August 2, 1939. In accordance with our annual custom, all offices, departments and buildings in
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