Early in the morning of Monday 6 January Lady Blomfield and her daughters collected the Master from the apartment and traveled with Him to Euston railway station…
He had been invited by Mrs Jane Elizabeth Whyte, ‘one of the noblest and kindliest women that I have ever met,’ wrote Ahmad Sohrab. A friend of Mrs Thornburgh‐Cropper, Mrs Whyte had traveled with her on a visit to the Master in ‘Akká in 1906. Mrs Whyte’s husband, Alexander, was a leading figure in the United Free Church of Scotland and a former Moderator of its General Assembly. Their expansive manse at 7 Charlotte Square in Edinburgh’s New Town district was a fine Georgian house, attached to St George’s United Free Church.
On the train journey to the Scottish capital, the Master told His company that the work of teaching the Bahá’í Faith was only just beginning in the city and that they should associate with the people with exemplary devotion. ‘Abdu’l‐Bahá stayed at the Whytes’ home with Ahmad Sohrab while the rest of His entourage stayed in a hotel. The Whytes had prepared for the Master a room on the third floor with its own fireplace, which gave it ‘an air of comfort and a glow of peace’.
The manse in Charlotte Square quickly took on the appearance of Lady Blomfield’s home at 97 Cadogan Gardens. Eminent citizens, Esperantists, Theosophists, suffragettes, churchmen as well as students from the East packed into its elegant, high ceilinged drawing room to pay their respects to one about whom they had heard much.