“One of the wondrous events that has of late come to pass is this, that the edifice of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár [ref. the Bahá’í House of Worship near Chicago, IL] is being raised in the very heart of the American continent, and numerous souls from the surrounding regions are contributing for the erection of this holy Temple. Among these is a highly esteemed lady of the city of Manchester, who hath been moved to offer her share.
Having no portion of goods and earthly riches, she sheared off with her own hands the fine, long and precious tresses that adorned her head so gracefully, and offered them for sale, that the price thereof might promote the cause of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár.“
– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá