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Dunedin, Herbert (fl. 1931) to Edwin Gaskell

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.093 Author/Creator: Dunedin, Herbert (fl. 1931) Place Written: County Durham, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 May 1931 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: When asked how to explain God to a child, Dunedin rhetorically asks if it would "not be enough to tell a child that God is his Creator...the author and giver of all good." He says to demonstrate unseen forces by wind, electricity, and thoughts. He also recommends using Proverbs 20:27, "the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord," to instruct on conscience. Written from Auckland Castle, in County Durham, England.

People: Dunedin, Herbert

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Children and Family

Sub Era: The Great Depression