Needless to say how much he was afflicted to learn that you both had offered your resignation from the ... Spiritual Assembly. For he is convinced that your action in this matter will have a bad effect on the rest of the believers, and in this way cause great injury to the Cause. Differences of opinion, specially when they arise in connection with personalities, should under no circumstances lead any believer to turn his attention from his major Bahá’í activities. And what activity can be said to be more vital, and hence of a more weighty responsibility than to serve in an Assembly, and specially in the capacity of a Vice-Chairman. Your responsibilities, in this connection, are indeed manifold, and it would be a pity, therefore, if you fail in the least to carry them out to the fullest possible extent. Besides, you can easily realize that by resigning from the Assembly you would be encouraging, quite unintentionally but though the mere effect of example, your fellow-members to take a similar action in the future if necessary. This, of course, cannot be lead eventually to the disruption of your Assembly, and would in the meantime greatly detract from the authority and prestige for that body in the eyes of the public.