Complaints

A few days before ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey to Boston, the landlord of the Hudson Apartment House had complained about the excessive comings and goings of the visitors. The Master had therefore decided that large meetings would take place at the Kinney home. Now, back in New York, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá moved completely out of the apartment hotel, since the landlord felt that the comings and goings of so many diverse people, the additional work and difficulty put upon the staff, and the incessant inquiries to the hotel’s management were more than they wished to cope with. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá didn’t argue; He simply left. But, as usual, He showered them with His love as He departed, making them feel quite ashamed of their behavior. The staff begged Him to stay, but He did not, moving into the Kinney home at 789 West End St. for a few days until a house could be rented for him elsewhere.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 138)